South Gippsland’s largest trucking companies have joined together to tackle truck and car accidents; part of the campaign is John Ernst from South Gippsland Shire Council, Stuart Nation from Murray Goulburn, Mark McKenzie-McKarg from Holcim, Peter Harbridge from VicRoads Transport Safety Services, Richard Charlton from Evans Petroleum, Alan Piening from Victoria Police, Russell Mills from Evans Petroleum.
SOUTH Gippsland’s freight industry is taking action to boost safety on our roads, following a run of horrific crashes were people have lost their lives when cars and trucks have collided.
Figures show that over the past two years, the number of cars and other vehicles crashing into trucks is on the rise.
There was a spike in these crashes between mid-January and the end of March in 2013, when 17 truck related crashes occurred, 15 of them involving another vehicle during daylight.
Trucking companies have teamed up with VicRoads, Victoria Police, local councils and Worksafe to form a working party to try to stop these crashes occurring.
VicRoads Road Safety Coordinator Alan Pincott said that the ‘Truckies Lighting Up for Safety’ campaign was developed after the first few sessions with all the key players.
“We found that drivers and companies were keen to take action and play their part in reducing the road toll” he said.
“After working with police to analyse the crashes that have been occurring, it was decided that trucks would turn on their headlights during the day so they stand out to drivers more.
“We’ve all worked together on an education and awareness campaign for local industry to complement the campaign launch today” he said.
Tom Wachal, of Holcim Aggregate transport Leongatha, said their drivers and contractors support turning on headlights during the day or to have daytime running lights fitted to trucks.
“Our fleet will be doing its part by becoming more visible travelling with lights switched on during the day and we urge all road users to be aware of this issue” he said.
“We can all contribute to improving road safety for the benefit of our local communities.”
Truckies are being urged to pledge their support for the campaign today, by sending an email to email@example.com where you will automatically receive a Pledge Form and a Driver Awareness Package.
All road users are also encouraged to do their bit and ‘like’ the campaign’s Facebook page, www.facebook.com/truckieslightup.