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Truck Week 2016: a reminder to share the road safely

CONNECT - Message from the Chief Executive

30 August 2016

During Truck Week - a national week of trucking industry events from 29 August to 4 September 2016 – we want to take the opportunity to remind all road users to be aware and share the road safely with heavy vehicles.

There has been a significant increase in the number of heavy and long vehicles on our roads over the past 20 years, a trend that is continuing in response to growing demand and supply of goods.

Motorists all too often make potentially lethal mistakes, including: following too closely, unsafe speeds, unsafe overtaking, driving between large trucks and changing lanes abruptly in front of trucks.

Heavy vehicles are large, not very manoeuvrable and often slow around the city. Therefore when you consider the limitations truck drivers have, the consequences of these mistakes can be fatal.

On country roads drivers very often become impatient when behind trucks. Don't take unnecessary risks when overtaking. Always assess the risks.

It is important to obey traffic laws, be cautious and patient when near trucks for the safety of everyone on the road.

For more information and tips on sharing the road watch the video below or visit the My Licence website.