Caravan industry to reduce negative encounters
WITH growing numbers of both trucks and recreational vehicles on Australia’s roads, the Caravan Industry Association of Australia said it recognised there was a growing number of negative encounters between these two – particularly in regards to behaviour at rest stops, according to a statement.
The statement from the Australian association said it was still a small number overall, “when one considers there were 12.3 million caravan and camping trips being taken in the last 12 months, with more than 52 million nights being spent regionally”.
In an effort to ensure the number of conflicts are reduced between trucks and RV users, the caravan industry partnered with the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator to roll out a “partnership education program to inform caravan and RV travellers on the appropriate use of rest stop sites and the risks associated with disruptive behaviour to help foster a safer environment for all road users”.
Caravan Industry Association of Australia chief executive officer Stuart Lamont said the Coexist initiative would be a partnership education program designed to address growing conflicts between RV users and heavy vehicle drivers at rest stops and on the road.
“The campaign will inform RV travellers about the appropriate use of rest stop sites and the risks associated with disruptive behaviour to help foster a safer environment for all road users, and specifically to better enable heavy vehicle drivers to meet Fatigue Management Standards,” he said.
WORKING TOGETHER: The Caravan Industry Association of Australia says it's dedicated to working with the transport industry to reduce negative encounters between the two.