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ARRB partners on safety awareness program

The Australian Road Research Board (ARRB) has been working with national cycling safety charity, the Amy Gillett Foundation, to develop a training program to increase truck driver awareness of vulnerable road users.

The training program was developed by the Amy Gillett Foundation for Rail Projects Victoria with ARRB as the delivery partner alongside AustCycle trained coaches.

According to ARRB, the program was created in consultation with the heavy vehicle industry, road safety experts and vulnerable road user groups.

The workshop pilot reportedly took place in September last year at the Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre.

ARRB said that once the training program is finalised it will be delivered to heavy vehicle drivers involved in major rail and road infrastructure projects in Victoria, including the Melbourne Metro Tunnel Project and the Westgate Tunnel Project.

The program comprises three sessions: an online module, featuring interactive quizzes on four main topics; in-class discussion, covering topics introduced in the online module; and a practical on-bike and on-foot session, which allows participants to experience what it is like for vulnerable road users – with the aim of understanding the challenges sharing the roads with heavy vehicles.

The workshops are due to start at the beginning of 2019.

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