TTA and RAW LAUNCH OPEN ROAD PROGRAM
Federal Assistant Minister Carol Brown joins TTA and RAW to launch Open Road
A new physical and mental health program for the Tasmanian transport industry is underway, to improve heavy vehicle safety.
The Tasmanian Transport Association’s Open Road – Driver Health and Wellbeing Program is delivered in partnership with Rural Alive and Well, and was launched at Epping Forest Road House to coincide with National Road Safety Week during May. The program is designed to improve safety for heavy vehicle drivers and other road users.
John de Bruyn, Chairman of the Tasmanian Transport Association, said the project will be rolled out over the next 18 months, in partnership with Rural Alive and Well, working collaboratively with Tasmanian freight transport businesses.
“Open Road is a program developed by TTA to provide an industry-led approach to address issues of physical and mental health and wellbeing in the Tasmanian transport industry and builds on our Physical and Mental Health and Wellbeing Strategy. We’re excited to expand on our partnerships with Rural Alive and Well, and with the University of Tasmania, along with our members, to provide resources and support that will make a real difference to the wellbeing of people in our industry in Tasmania” said Mr de Bruyn.
Federal Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Transport, Tasmanian Senator Carol Brown, who launched the program, congratulated the Tasmanian Transport Association and Rural Alive and Well in establishing this important program.
“The program will provide much needed support for Tasmanian transport workers and businesses, as they seek to raise awareness of the issues and provide practical support to improve the physical and mental health of workers”, Assistant Minister Brown said.
“It is a significant step to addressing issues of physical and mental health experienced by drivers and others in the road transport industry.”
Barb Walters, CEO from Rural Alive and Well said the Open Road program is able to deliver one-on-one support to people across the industry.
“The harsh reality for the Tasmanian transport industry is that health and well-being are often neglected”, Barb said.
“By partnering with RAW, the support specifically addresses and helps individuals work through unique situational stressors and challenges associated with the transport sector. The team at RAW have unique, first-hand experience within the transport industry, with over 26 years of heavy vehicle driving experience as well as other areas of road transport, training and compliance.”
Open Road is made possible with crucial funding from the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator’s (NHVR) Heavy Vehicle Safety Initiative (HVSI), supported by the Australian Government.
NHVR CEO Sal Petroccitto said the Tasmanian Transport Association received $266,000 funding as part of the Australian Government’s $3.5 million investment towards HVSI projects.
“As part of the HVSI, industry will be driving its own safety initiatives to contribute to safer roads, drivers, and vehicles,” Mr Petroccitto said.
“I am excited to see how the Tasmanian Transport Association’s project will make an impact, to deliver improved safety outcomes for all road users.”