ATA Safety Truck heads to Gippsland


The ATA's Safety Truck will tour Victoria's Gippsland region from March 22 to 27.

ATA Safety Truck heads to Gippsland
The Safety Truck will make five stops during its Gippsland tour.

 

The Australian Trucking Association’s (ATA) travelling road safety exhibition, the Safety Truck, will tour through Victoria’s Gippsland region this month to spread the road safety message.

The truck, which is decked out with interactive displays to educate people on driving safely around trucks, will make five stops between March 22 and 27 to coincide with the final week of the Gippsland Truckies Lighting up for Safety campaign.

The truck will be open to the public from 10am to 2pm at each venue.

"The Safety Truck is an excellent tool to teach children and adults alike how to share the road safely," Gippsland Truckies Lighting up for Safety campaign spokesman Alan Pincott says.
 
"We’re committed to reducing the road toll in Gippsland. I strongly encourage people to visit the Safety Truck during its tour and find out how they can stay safe on the road around heavy vehicles."

The truck’s first stop will be on March 22 at Lakes Entrance for the East Gippsland Convoy for Kids festival at Great Lakes Airport.

It will then head to Bairnsdale on the Princes Highway between Service and Pyke streets on March 24, before stopping at the Safeway carpark on Reeve Street in Sale the following day.

From there, it will head to Leongatha and set up in the Safeway carpak on the corner of Smith and Pearl streets on March 26.

The final leg of the tour will be Traralgon on March 27, where local trucking operator Nola Bransgrove OAM will provide support.

"We want everyone to get home safe at the end of the day - our employees, our families, our friends and our entire community. The Safety Truck plays an important role in that," Bransgrove says.

The Truckies Lighting Up for Safety campaign calls on trucking operators in Gippsland to turn on their headlights to reduce daytime collisions and draw attention to the ‘invisible truck’ phenomenon.

"We’ve had a really good response to the campaign, with a significant drop in crashes in the Gippsland area and a lot of operators turning on their lights during daytime running," Pincott says.

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