This year’s ‘Free Cuppa for the Driver’ scheme will run again from 1st March to 31st May and local businesses are invited to take part.
Entering its 12th year, the multi award-winning scheme provides for partnerships between participating councils and local businesses. The councils provide the marketing and administer the scheme while the participating businesses provide the free cuppas.
“We find that the majority of participating businesses give away between 15 and 30 free over the three-month period. Most travellers that claim free cuppas want to support the participating businesses and will buy extra coffees or food,” said Parkes, Forbes and Lachlan Shire Councils’ Road Safety and Injury Prevention Officer, Melanie Suitor.
She said since its inception the scheme had given away more than 27,000 free cuppas in 265 participating businesses across 91 towns, villages and cities in regional NSW.
“Just being part of the network of participating businesses is already helping to raise awareness of the dangers of driver fatigue. Our deepest thanks to all of the businesses that have participated previously – we quite literally could not have run this program without your support,” Melanie said.
Drivers are entitled to a free cuppa at participating businesses if they are more than 100km away from the address on their licence.
Registrations for the 2022 scheme are open until Monday, 31st January. Go to www.freecuppa.com.au to sign up and find more information about the scheme.