The Safety MAN Road Safety Truck will be driving between Picton and Christchurch over the next 6 months, via the alternative inland route. Transport companies that use the route, schools, community groups and Truckstops in the area will be invited to participate in these two safety programs.
Following the 7.8 magnitude Earthquake that struck Kaikoura in November 2016, part of the SH1 route from Kaikoura to Picton closed due to extreme landslides and road damage.
The alternative inland highway is now the main route for all road users travelling between Picton and Christchurch. Transport operators, car users, camper vans, motorbikes and bicycles all need to safely share this road.
Unfortunately this route is not designed to accommodate such large traffic volumes and there have been numerous crashes and rollovers.
NCTIR, along with industry associations and agencies have got together to action a rollover prevention plan for the alternate SH1 route. Part of the plan is to develop the Safety MAN Road Safety Truck & Trailer.
For the first 6 months this mobile classroom will be targeting the users of the alternative SH route and delivering the Healthy Truck Driver and Share the Road with Big Trucks programmes. To prevent crashes we need to create awareness about improving truck driver health and wellbeing and educate other road users about how to share the road safely with heavy vehicles. That's exactly what these programs will be doing. This website will take you through the journey of the Safety MAN and show you how, with invaluable help from industry sponsors, the Road Safety Truck was born. You can also get on board, CLICK HERE.