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CARAVAN SAFETY INITIATIVE IN QUEENSLAND
A positive step in ensuring safer, legally compliant towing combinations.

 

VANSafe Queensland – an initiative of Caravanning Queensland in partnership with the Queensland Government – was launched just before Easter, 2023.

 

 

Established in response to the rapid rise of recreational vehicle ownership over the past few years, this free caravan safety check program is designed to educate and support recreational vehicle owners with the information they need to tow confidently, safely and compliantly.

Open to all owners of caravans, campers and motorhomes, the educational program includes workshops, displays and classes. Attendees can also get their RV combination inspected and weighed for safety and compliance.

It’s important to note that weighing vehicles is a key part of the process and is a safe zone for all who attend, meaning no fines or breaches will be issued. If a van and tow vehicle are found to be overweight on the axles or towball, the owner will be advised about ways to correct this situation. 

That’s in stark contrast to the process in NSW, where people who visit a public weighbridge to have their vehicle weight assessed and are found to be overweight are likely to face vehicle impounding and a hefty fine. Weighbridge operators are required to advise police immediately of any over-weight incidents.

Jason Plant, CEO of the Caravan Trade and Industries Association of Queensland commented:

“While all RV owners and drivers have a responsibility to educate themselves on safe caravanning practices, the more we can do to support both new and seasoned drivers, the more confident they’ll become and the safer our roads will be.

“We’re proud to partner with the Queensland Government on this exciting new program which will see an additional fourteen events added to our existing safety program, in locations spanning as far south as Logan to as far north as Cairns.

“What this means is that we’ll be able to provide support and education to more drivers, in more locations across the state, and to promote safe caravan practices in a highly engaged and interactive way right throughout Queensland,” he adds.

 

 

Safety programs to save lives

 

According to the Department of Transport and Main Roads Land Transport, Safety and Regulation there were 297 lives lost on Queensland roads last year –  the highest number in over a decade.

Transport and Main Roads Land Transport, Safety and Regulation acting general manager Joanna Robinson said that she is dedicated to supporting initiatives that improve road safety.

“Queensland’s roads can take us to some incredible places to see all our state has to offer, and caravanning is a great way to travel.

“The rising popularity of these types of vehicles indicates we have more drivers on our roads, who are either new to caravanning or who might have returned to it after some time away, so they may not be used to handling a longer and heavier vehicle.

“It’s important that drivers who are inexperienced in manoeuvring such large vehicles can do so safely to avoid becoming a danger to themselves or other vehicles.

“We are very happy to support the work being done by Caravanning Queensland to promote safe travelling around the state. 

“I encourage RV drivers and passengers to seek out the tools and resources available to ensure they have a safe trip,” she concluded.

The first VANSafe event is scheduled for Maryborough from April 21-23. For more information on the full program or to make a VanSafe booking click here.

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