ATA backs Road to Respect campaign


ATA welcomes Victorian Government’s Road to Respect campaign, which aims to educate motorists about sharing the road safely with trucks

September 6, 2012

The national trucking lobby has welcomed the Victorian Government’s Road to Respect campaign, which aims to educate motorists about sharing the road safely with truck drivers

The campaign, launched earlier this week, will visit a number of locations across the state with the ATA’s Road Ahead safety exhibition trailer.

The trailer is fitted with a number of interactive features aimed at lifting the community’s understanding of heavy vehicles, and the ATA has leased the trailer to VicRoads.

ATA CEO Stuart St Clair says the roadshow will emphasise safety tips such as not cutting in front of trucks and not trying to overtake a truck turning from the left-hand lane.

Insurance industry figures show that car drivers are at fault in more than half the accidents between cars and trucks," St Clair says.

"As a result, an important way we can reduce the number of accidents involving trucks is to inform car drivers about how to share the road safely with heavy vehicles."

St Clair says truck drivers can also learn something from the campaign, which will highlight the importance of speed management and not tailgating other vehicles.

"More than 70,000 people have visited the Road Ahead since its launch in 2008. As a result of the VicRoads Road to Respect campaign, many more people will learn how to be safe on the roads," he says.




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