VicRoads forums to boost heavy vehicle safety


Heavy vehicle safety forums to be held across Victoria to make trucking companies safer and more productive

A series of heavy vehicle safety forums will be held across Victoria in July and August in an attempt to make trucking companies safer and more productive.

VicRoads will host the forums along with the Victorian Road Freight Advisory Council and the Transport Industry Safety Group. Victoria Police and industry representatives will also take part in the forums.

VicRoads North Eastern Regional Director Graham Freestone says the forums will highlight heavy vehicle fatalities and what can be done to reduce the number.

"Heavy vehicles are involved in about one in five deaths on Victorian roads and last year there were 49 fatalities involving heavy vehicles in Victoria," Freestone says.

"These numbers are too high and we hope that the forums provide some insight into ways to help reduce these figures."

The four forums will be held between 9am and 1pm, with the first at Wangaratta on July 15. The second forum will be held on July 22 at Warrgul, with the third session being held at Bendigo on July 29.

The final forum will be held at Geelong’s Mecure Hotel on August 19.

The forums are part of Freight 2009, which is a year-long celebration of freight-related activities culminating in Freight Week during September.

VicRoads says the forums are free of charge and a light lunch will be provided.

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