A new load restraint quiz has been released online and local farmers, contract harvesters, couriers and transport operators stand a chance to win $500 worth of equipment.
The quiz is the first strategy of Parkes, Forbes and Lachlan Shire Councils’ Load Restraint Education Project following its launch at a property on the outskirts of Forbes last week by Deputy Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development, Michael McCormack.
The project targets the safe transportation of hay bales, machinery and general freight according to the three Councils’ Road Safety and Injury Prevention Officer, Melanie Suitor. “The safe carriage of loads affects us all. It is vital for both the producer and consumer but also for other road users.
“This project was developed to assist the transport industry and local farmers in gaining a better understanding of the fundamentals of load restraint. We’d also like to see a reduction in the number of load restraint breaches and incidents that are occurring on local roads.
Melanie said the quiz would measure the current level of load restraint knowledge before the implementation of the various educational strategies.
The project received funding from the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator’s 2020 Heavy Vehicle Safety Initiative, supported by the Federal Government.
The seven-question quiz can be accessed by using this link: https://forms.office.com/r/5BVtDjjdj9 and will be open until Wednesday, 19th May. You can also find the quiz link on the Councils’ Facebook pages.
Melanie thanked the project partners – NSW Police, NSW Farmers and Transport for NSW – for their assistance in planning and developing the quiz and the other project strategies.