ATA says safety needs to be top priority this Christmas

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Truck drivers are being urged to be especially vigilant over the Christmas period with record numbers of holiday makers expected on the roads.

And many of those holiday makers don’t regularly make long drives, or will be trying to cover large distances in as quick a time as possible.

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The Australian Trucking Association (ATA) has held a special ‘Coffee with a Cop’ event at BP Marulan where the ATA CEO, Ben Maguire, spoke of the importance of following the road safety fundamentals over the holiday period.

“Taking regular rest breaks and following the speed limit are essential.

“Encouraging operators to carefully plan driving schedules to allow for heavier traffic and remembering our drivers have different festive events to get to are all ways that everyone can contribute to staying safe this season,”

“It is one of the busiest times of year for many trucking businesses, and also one of the busiest times on the road, which means fatigue management is crucial.”

Mr Maguire also described the ‘Coffee with a Cop’ a success.

“Events like Coffee with a Cop are really important as they help break down the stigma of police officers being regulatory enforcers only.

“It is important for road users to share their side of the story with police and vice versa.”

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