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NHVR issues Easter road safety warning

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The National Heavy Vehicle Regulator says that all road users should be remaining vigilant on the roads across the typically busy Easter period, especially around heavy vehicles.

With people going on holidays and travelling long distances, NHVR CEO Sal Petroccitto says that responsible driving is critically important.

“We know the Easter long weekend historically sees a surge in travel as holidaymakers hit the road to spend time with family and friends, making it essential for all drivers to take caution and be patient on congested roadways,” he says.

“The NHVR is urging heavy vehicle drivers to conduct thorough pre-departure inspections of their vehicle, ensure proper load securement, and importantly, practice fatigue management by following work and rest requirements.

“Unfortunately, 11 people lost their lives in crashes involving a heavy vehicle in Australia during April last year.

“One life lost on Australian roads is one too many, so it is critically important that whether you are driving a truck, bus, car or motorcycle you remain patient and ensure safety is top of mind when travelling to your destination.

“All road users need to prioritise rest, take plenty of meal breaks and overall, just take care of yourselves on the road.”

The NHVR has been strong on encouraging education for motorists around being safe around heavy vehicles, including introducing the ‘We All Need Space’ campaign in 2023.

NHVR executive director of corporate affairs Michelle Tayler says that this is especially crucial during the busy Easter weekend.

“While Easter is a time for holidays for many Australians, the trucking industry doesn’t stop, which means there will be plenty of heavy vehicles still out on the roads,” she says.

“It’s crucial to remember where a truck driver’s blind spots are – if you are in a truck’s blind spot, the driver won’t know you’re there, so if they suddenly have to brake or change lanes you’re at risk of a collision.

“This Easter, we want all drivers to make it to their destination safely.”

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