Heavy vehicle safety was in the spotlight recently at a breakfast forum hosted by Parkes, Forbes and Lachlan Shire Councils. The Council’s Road Safety and Injury Prevention Officer, Melanie Suitor, says the forum has become a regular fixture since its inception in 2012.
Presenters were from NHVR, Transport for NSW, Ron Finemore Transport, National Transport Commission and NSW Police.
“Thank you to all the guest speakers who made the forum informative and thought provoking for participants. And thank you to everyone who attended,” said Melanie.
“A special mention to Ron Finemore who so generously shared his company’s experience with Seeing Machines’ Driver Monitoring System. The effective use of this technology will profoundly reduce the frequency of fatigue and distraction events while driving.
“There were lots of questions and engagement with all of the speakers – especially around access, rest areas, work diaries and fatigue rules.
“Since the forum, I have received lots of requests about how to order the free Fresnel lenses from Transport for NSW. A Fresnel lens is a thin plastic lens attached to the passenger side window on a heavy vehicle. It gives the driver a wide-angle view as they look through the lens. The driver can see in their blind spot and notice other road users who may otherwise have been hidden,” Melanie said.
NSW transport operators can order free lenses at https://shout.finsbury.com.au/ustore/67/Home with stock code: 45097620. Please note eligibility criteria applies.
The forum was recorded and the videos of each session can be viewed online.The links are as follows:
• Session One: Heavy Vehicle Access: https://youtu.be/BPtpwu50ICI
• Session Two: Driver Fatigue: https://youtu.be/J3z0IBABknQ
• Session Three: Legislation, Enforcement &; Road Safety: https://youtu.be/liSvqtHM5Y8
Ron Finemore Transport Case Study: https://youtu.be/aMNr6jCuPd8