Car­a­van in­dus­try to re­duce neg­a­tive en­coun­ters

Big Rigs - - NEWS -

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.

PHOTO: CONTRIBUTED

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.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Australia

© PressReader. All rights reserved.