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New videos educate light vehicle operators

A series of videos have been recently produced to help educate drivers of light vehicles according to the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR).

Created by Whiteline Television, the videos, which are part of a newly commissioned series that focus on some of the common safety issues truck drivers said they encountered daily when asked about the recurring dangers on the road.

Light vehicle drivers were, among road users, repeat offenders in regard to their awareness when overtaking, road positioning and stopping distances when interacting with heavy vehicles.

NHVR Corporate Affairs Executive Director Joe Fitzgerald said when a light vehicle driver makes a mistake around a heavy vehicle, the consequences can be extremely serious, even fatal.

“I’m concerned that there is no formal requirement to teach new drivers about sharing the road with heavy vehicles. Nor is it a focus for most driver education programs," he said.

“That’s why this series of short videos is a great quick and easy way of reminding drivers how to share the road safely during the busy Easter holidays.”

The videos were funded by the NHVR’s Heavy Vehicle Safety Initiative, supported by the Commonwealth Government.

Whiteline Television’s Executive Producer Stephen McCarthy said the videos were co-hosted by heavy vehicle safety advocate Rod Hannifey and radio presenter Nicole Rutledge.

“The videos use a combination of on-road scenarios, graphics and animations to explain each tip in a straightforward and down-to-earth way,” said McCarthy.

“They were Rod’s brainchild, leading on from his driver surveys to identify truckies’ top tips."

“It’s also great to have Nicole lending her support, because she’s from a transport family. Her grandfather and father owned their own transport companies, and her father has been inducted into the National Road Transport Hall of Fame.”

The videos will be rolled out daily on social media over the busy Easter holiday period.

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