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Published: 2013-03-04 00:00:00

Truck drivers attending this week’s three day expo at Mystery Creek will have the chance to influence an upcoming Waikato road safety campaign targeting other motorists.

Members of the Waikato regional road safety education group will be on hand at the NZ Transport Agency’s (NZTA) stand EX11 and EX12 at the transport and heavy vehicle expo this Thursday, Friday and Saturday. 

Waikato Regional Council’s road safety coordinator, Monique Haines, said the group’s focus at the expo would be on highlighting previous campaign messages, such as keep it 10 below, perform pre-trip inspections and take 10 hour rest breaks. 

Truck drivers will also be asked at the expo what they think other motorists need to know about sharing the roads with heavy vehicles. 

“During our Waikato truck legends campaign last year drivers time and again mentioned that other motorists needed to appreciate the perspective of the road from a truck.” 

Mrs Haines said there were commonly held concerns between urban and long haul truck drivers. 

“From their experience of spending many hours sharing the road with other motorists, they felt there needed to be greater awareness especially of where there are blind spots for a truck driver and how much time and distance is required for a truck to stop safely.” 

She said feedback from truckies received at the expo would be used for an upcoming ‘elephant vs mouse’ road safety campaign. 

“In many of Waikato’s crashes involving trucks, the heavy vehicle drivers are not at fault. But trucks are on average four times larger than a car, which is the reason behind the ‘elephant vs mouse’ campaign name, and why we are working on a campaign to educate motorists,” she explained. 

Last year’s successful Waikato truck legends campaign included a limited edition series of 10 collector’s cards featuring legendary Waikato trucks and key safety messages for heavy vehicle drivers. 

The Waikato Regional Road Safety Education Group is led by Waikato Regional Council, working in conjunction with other regional safety stakeholders including the NZTA, NZ Police, ACC and councils. 

For more information about the group’s work visit www.reducetherisk.co.nz.