Tips shared on sharing the road safely with trucks

About 150 people took in tips on how to share the road safely with trucks when the Australian Trucking Association’s Safety Truck visited Collie this week.

About 100 students from Collie Senior High School and 50 members of the Industry Road Safety Alliance – South West (IRSA-SW) and general public toured the Safety Truck on Wednesday, 21 September.

The IRSA-SW is a collaborative group of industry, local and state government representatives working together to reduce trauma and improve safety on roads in the Bunbury, Collie and Boddington area.

IRSA-SW chairman Simon Dent said the real danger posed by the mix of heavy and light vehicle on our region’s roads was the main reason the group helped coordinate the Collie visit during a State-wide tour of the truck organised by Transafe WA and funded by the State Government.

Of the 88 road fatalities in WA during the first six months of 2016, 12 involved a truck. Across Australia in 2015, 211 people were killed in crashes involving heavy vehicles. In about 80 per cent of fatal multiple-vehicle crashes, fault was not assigned to the heavy vehicle driver.

Mr Dent said the IRSA-SW believed it was important to bring the valuable educational tool to the Collie and Bunbury area given about 750 heavy vehicles a day currently shared Coalfields Highway with more than 4,000 light vehicles. The numbers are even higher on South Western Highway between Roelands and Bunbury.

“We all have a role to play to sharing the roads safely and the more information we have on how to do that the better,” he said.

Tips shared included how to avoid trucks’ blind spots and the breaking distance and turning space required by heavy vehicles. To learn more visit check out the Truckies’ Top Tips on the Australia Trucking Association website (http://www.truck.net.au/resource-
library/truckies-top-tips).