VTA hails successful Sandown Drive Days event

The second Drive Days event expanded the range of activities and attracted more than 700 people

March 18, 2013

The Victorian Transport Association (VTA) has hailed as successful the 2012 Sandown Drive Days event, which attracted more than 700 people over the two days it ran in Melbourne recently.

The VTA says the event expanded the number of activities since the last time it was held in 2009, offering vehicle maintenance, trailer and equipment productivity and safety, and a bulk tanker rollover exercise.

This was supported by on-track driving with over 25 vehicles on the Sandown track and a number of others on an external on-road course. The Transport Accident Commission also ran a motorcycle braking demonstration as well as a fleet manager drive program.

"After months of planning, we were very pleased with the running of the event. All the manufacturers put together an amazing on-track experience for attendees, allowing them to drive cars and trucks, ask questions and see first-hand how new technology is being implemented," VTA CEO Neil Chambers says.

To be held every two years, the Sandown Drive Days is designed to provide a hands-on event promoting the latest safety and productivity features in commercial vehicles.

The VTA says there are few events where people can drive in a truck or talk to industry experts in a practical setting. It says the event is a chance for the industry policy makers, enforcement personnel, manufacturers, industry suppliers and fleet operators to see the latest equipment in operation.

"An important reason why the VTA works so hard host this event is to ensure that many people who legislate, regulate and develop government policies about Australia’s transport industry have the opportunity to see how it operates at the sharp end," Chambers says.

The event attracted more than 30 supporting organisations and sponsors, including truck manufacturers and representatives from government road authorities, councils, the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator and the Road Safety Remuneration Tribunal.

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