Caravan Survey

TRUCKRIGHT Industry Vehicle 2017 Caravan Survey

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TRUCKRIGHT Industry Vehicle (TIV) 2017.

Rod Hannifey, Road Transport and Road Safety Advocate, TIV Driver and Operator.
Telephone: 0428 120560 Email:

TRUCKRIGHT Awarded Highly Commended, 3M ACRS Diamond Road Safety Awards 2015.
Finalist 3M ACRS Diamond Road Safety Awards 2016, Green Reflector Marking Informal Truck Bays.
Awarded Churchill Fellowship 2016.

RV Survey 2017 Improving Road Safety for all.
This aims to include caravanners and motorhomers.

Following on from my presentations at the STONE the CROWS Festival in 2016 and 2017, I was asked by one attendee, what could they do to help my cause of improving road safety. This lead to asking those who attended on the second day, would you be prepared to help me and how can we do that?

This survey then is the first step, in seeking your thoughts and help on how to achieve more.

It may well be possible to talk to a truckie at a roadhouse, but that is not always the best option for one party or the other, so how do you see truckies generally? My view is that too often we are blamed for crashes that are not our fault, though we too are not perfect, but the media only wants a sensational story, not just a story and this can mean making us out to be the bad guy most of the time. Fatal crashes between cars and trucks are more than 75% the fault of the car driver, once a crash investigation is done. However, this is often days after the event and well after the truckie has been blamed by default, nominating the event as a truck crash. 

What information is readily available for RV drivers about sharing the road with trucks?
In that information, is there anything missed or that should be added or better explained?
What is the best way to get to such a group or audience? If you are in a club or group, do you have a newsletter or group communication, or annual events?
Do you agree to the idea of some form of licensing for caravans, given recognition of prior learning or experience?
How would you suggest this be achieved? No one wants to be forced to take a course and some courses may be better than others, but having no relevant education or knowledge before taking on a major trip in an unfamiliar combination, could lead to disaster on the road and none of us wants that.
Have you done a course that helped you, were trucks and sharing the road covered?
Are you aware of UHF Channel 18 as the Caravan and Motorhome channel? Is your vehicle signed, front and rear and are the signs big enough to be read at a distance? I started Channel 18 for Rvs in 1999 and have been promoting it ever since, though as an individual it is hard to get it in front of all.
How can we alleviate the issue of friction in truck parking bays? Have you had issues in truck bays and what do you think was the cause and or the solution?
How do we gain government support for more and better rest areas for all road users?
Do you have any further ideas or suggestions to make the roads safer for RVers and truckies alike?

Please distribute this as much and as widely as you wish. The aim is to raise discussion and find some solutions from those on the road who travel and live on the roads, rather than have experts tell us how to do it.

Please send your replies, individually or as a group or club if you wish to: Thank you very much for your time and I hope to do something positive with your replies. Safe Travelling, Rod Hannifey.

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