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NHVR back heavy vehicle safety program for kids

The National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) has joined forces with the Australian Trucking Association’s (ATA) Safety Truck to drive children to become more aware of safety around heavy vehicles.

NHVR CEO, Sal Petroccitto (pictured with ATA Chair, Noelene Watson), recently announced the sponsorship of the Volvo ATA Safety Truck, powered by BP, protected by NTI program at Browns Plains State School.

“We’re pleased to be able to support this program and bring the Safety Truck message to schools like Browns Plains to educate children on what trucks mean to them and how to safely behave around them,” he said.

“At the NHVR we believe it is vital for the community to have positive relationship with the heavy vehicle industry, because we need them and they need us.

“We want the community to have an understanding of what role this industry plays in their everyday life.”

The Safety Truck participates in road safety education programs, industry-led community events and other public events across Australia.

In 2016, the Safety Truck visited 15 schools across the country, directly engaging with up to 3000 primary and secondary school students. The Truck also participated in over 30 events throughout the year, highlighting that road safety is an essential message at any age.

Watson said the ATA welcomes the NHVR’s support of the Safety Truck’s initiatives toward educating everyday motorists as well as preparing the next generation of Australian road users to share the road safely.

“The ATA is pleased the NHVR is taking the opportunity to build on its commitment to road safety investment,” she said.

The NHVR will provide $5000 sponsorship per year for four years.

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