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Truckie Reviver Survey

Bruce Highway Heavy Vehicle Fatigue Survey

Including “Truckie Reviver”


This project resulted in RAAG being “Winner” 2013 Queensland Road Safety Industry and Business Awards, announced Rockhampton 22 October 2013,  CARRSQ/RACQ, supported by Queensland Government.

Please click on to the full research report for the project:

Truckie Reviver Report



Undertake post-construction assessment of the new Waverley Creek Rest Area, approximately 160km south of Mackay at St Lawrence, and better understand fatigue management needs and practices of professional heavy vehicle drivers utilising the site.

The primary goals of the project are to:

  • Engage a broad range of stakeholders to determine issues of important information:
  • Involve the expertise available within the RAAG Inc. contact base to prepare a survey form suitable for data collection to gather information on site suitability and current fatigue management issues.

Engage with drivers to gather information and promote the site:

  • Aim to engage with up to 500 drivers.
  • Draw Heavy Vehicle operators into the facility by way of giveaways, free sausage sizzle and hot and cold drinks, with the intention of encouraging drivers and companies in the future to plan a rest break at this facility.
  • Provide driver education to promote effective fatigue management:
  • Highlight the need to plan rest breaks, and stop when tired, even just for a power nap.
  • Distribute to drivers appropriate fatigue management information and brochures
  • The project will support the Strategic Direction of RAAG by providing enhanced driver engagement and accurate data to support improved rest area design and greater understanding of heavy vehicle driver fatigue requirements. It will support the following RAAG Strategic Objective from the RAAG Inc. Strategic Plan Sept 2012-August 2015:
  • Objective 2: Reduce road crashes involving fatigue.

The following statistics highlight the number of H.V. fatigue related crashes Mackay – Rockhampton in the last five years:

From the QTA Transporter News Brief 13/2/13:

The Bureau of Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Economic’s latest Fatal heavy vehicle crashes Australia quarterly bulletin for April-June 2012 was released last week.

Key points in the Bulletin are:

During the 12 months to the end of June 2012, 225 people died from 200 fatal crashes involving heavy trucks or buses. These included:

  • 124 deaths from 112 crashes involving articulated trucks;
  • 86 deaths from 73 crashes involving heavy rigid trucks;
  • 23 deaths from 23 crashes involving buses.

Fatal crashes involving articulated trucks:

  • decreased by 10.4 per cent compared with the corresponding period one year earlier;
  • decreased by an average of 1.8 per cent per year over the three years to June 2012

Fatal crashes involving heavy rigid trucks:

  • increased by 25.9 per cent compared with the corresponding period one year earlier;
  • decreased by an average of 8.1 per cent per year over the three years to June 2012.

Comments from the Australian Government included that, while the number of fatal crashes and fatalities both continued to fall during the period, any loss of life is unacceptable.

Also this latest bulletin shows that over the last five years the number of crashes involving articulated trucks and rigid trucks has decreased by 13 per cent, and the number of fatal articulated truck crashes is down by 18 per cent.

See at: http://www.bitre.gov.au/publications/2013/fhvc_2012_apr_jun.aspx

A detailed survey form to be prepared in order to meet the requirements of the project:

  • A significant requirement is the collection from drivers on suggestions for improvements in design for rest areas, with examples of ‘best practice’ where available.
  • The survey form will possibly be two pages with one side devoted to fatigue management, and the other devoted to Rest Areas in general, including specific queries on Waverley Creek.
  • If possible, and undertaken post-survey, there may be an opportunity to supplement the survey with detailed GPS tracking from companies where their drivers currently rest between Rockhampton and Mackay in order to identify other locations within range of Waverley Creek that are also utilised.


Operational Plan

Commencing 12pm on a Sunday and continuing on a 24 hour basis until 12pm on a Wednesday, conduct a HV “Truckie Reviver” manned by RAAG Volunteers at the Waverley Creek Rest Area:

  • RAAG will coordinate the project, inviting sponsors from the HV industry, collect giveaways from interested parties (including 500 covered, embroidered” Crash here” pillows donated by MIRSA, etc.).
  • A continuous sausage sizzle with drinks and fruit will be run.
  • National trucking magazines and newsletters will be engaged .
  • A local media release will go out seven days prior to the project.
  • Promotion will be organised by RAAG and include the Australia Trucking Assoc. [ATA], Qld Trucking Assoc.[QTA], Natroads, etc. prior to the event, and Channel 40 during the project.
  • Requirements will include a caravan for use by survey staff, marquees for shade with tables and chairs, etc.


The tentative date is 17-20 March 2013. This is a tight timeline, so achieving this will require the following:

  • 17 January 2013: RAAG approves project plan
  • 17 January 2013: Commence arrangements:
  • Approach potential sponsors for giveaways
  • Contact volunteers
  • Commence media promotional campaign
  • Initial contact with industry organisations
  • Write to relevant Ministers
  • Book required equipment, etc.
  • Send out manning roster
  • 01 February 2013: Commence consultation on survey form requirements
  • 14 February 2013: Close consultation on survey form
  • 21 February 2013: Finalise equipment and approve budget
  • 01 March 2013: Finalise survey form (RAAG signoff)
  • 11 March 2013 Survey postponed by “Cyclone Tim”
  • 03 April 2013 Recommence manning roster
  • O8 May 2013 Recommence media releases for weekly trucking newsletters
  • 13 May 2013: Commence assembling equipment
  • 14 May 2013 Distribute fliers to trucking companies, Macs truck stop
  • 18 May 2013 Site set-up
  • 19 May 2013: Commence Survey
  • 22 May 2013: Cease Survey
  • 27 May 2013: Commence analysis
  • 14 June 2013: Finalise analysis and commence final report
  • 28 June 2013: Final report provided for peer review
  • 18 July 2013: Final report endorsed by RAAG for public release
  • 01 Aug 2013: Consider running survey at Nebo


As a minimum, the following stakeholders will have strong links with the project:

  • RAAG Inc.
  • DTMR Mackay, DTMR Road Safety, DTMR Freight Programs (Brisbane).
  • Qld Police Service.
  • NTI insurance.
  • CQU Prof. Lee DeMilia
  • Dr Barry Kochevatkin, Mackay Base Hospital
  • Advice on survey from Qld Trucking Assoc. and Aust. Trucking Assoc.
  • SES St Lawrence/ Isaac Regional Council
  • Other stakeholders as identified through the life of the project


  • Bushman’s Bread Contact: Marlene Maguire Supply bread
  • Woolworths Mackay stores, Contact: Andrew Delbridge, supply bottled water, soft drinks, snags and other supplies including sauce, fresh fruit, cleaning materials etc. etc.
  • Single Transport Services : Carol Single, Air con Van, generator, electricals
  • Mackay Sugar, Lighting, Cables, Urns etc.
  • Crokers Fuel 200 litres for the generator
  • Mackay Wholesale Meats to feed the volunteers!

Who will benefit

The aim of the project is to improve future design of rest areas, gather information from heavy vehicle drivers and promote use of rest areas. As such the following stakeholders will be beneficiaries of outcomes:

  • Heavy vehicle drivers and companies utilising this section of the Bruce Highway through increased awareness of Waverley Creek Rest Area and the potential to incorporate it fatigue management planning.
  • DTMR and other owners of rest areas such as local councils will gain knowledge of the level of success in the design of this facility, and be able to improve designs in the future.
  • Bruce Highway motorists and their passengers will benefit through having more fatigue aware heavy vehicle drivers on the road, thus decreasing their risk as well.
  • The economy will experience benefits through potential reduction of road crashes which cause enormous costs for fatalities, injuries, equipment costs and huge costs for delays on this road with very limited detours available and long very uncomfortable waits on the roadside in this remote area without commercial facilities.
  • Decreasing the very high costs for emergency services attending fatigue-related heavy vehicle crashes.

Risk Management:

  • The location of the temporary facility: This will be discussed and approved by TMR Mackay ahead of the event to ensure it is safe and will not reduce safety within the rest area.
  • Traffic impacts: The potential for increased traffic accessing the site due to promotion and offers of free giveaways will be assessed and discussed with TMR Mackay to ensure safety is not adversely impacted.
  • Access to support services: Planning will take place in regards to electricity supply, lighting and refrigerators, cooking with camping gas and fire hazards, food preparation and hygiene requirements. Storage will comply with local government requirements and Isaac Regional Council will be engaged to ensure any other issues are identified.
  • Appropriate signage: DTMR will be engaged with to ensure signage for drivers is adequate prior to the project; the final project brief will be signed off by TMR Mackay to ensure compliance.
  • Insurance: RAAG Inc. has current public liability insurance, which will be checked to ensure it covers public events of this nature.
  • Intended Audience: It is likely this event will attract the attention of motorists/campers in the adjacent motorist rest area. The use of appropriate signage indicating the function/facilities are for use by drivers of heavy vehicles only will be erected, and potentially the use of bunting to ‘rope off’ the area is to be considered where appropriate.
  • Checklists prepared for food, electrical, signs, other equipment, manning roster, also fliers, and contact lists of all involved.


A post-event evaluation will be undertaken and will examine what worked and what didn’t. RAAG will compile a report with recommendations/learning for future events. Views will be sought from:

  • Drivers and the general Public
  • Volunteers
  • Organisers
  • Other Participants
  • Final Report


Costs for the event will be minimised through the use of volunteers and accessing resources of RAAG members, TMR, and other associated organisations where possible.

  • For RAAG incurred expenses, an initial Budget for the project is to be compiled and approved by the RAAG Inc. Executive Committee at the February 2013 General meeting.
  • A final report on expenses will be submitted to the RAAG Inc. Exec. Committee at the first monthly general meeting after the project.


To ensure a coordinated and collaborative approach with associated stakeholders to reduce the incidence and severity of road crashes on all roads within the Mackay RAAG focus area, with particular attention to the Bruce Highway, Peak Downs Highway and associated western arterial roads by targeting identified crash causal factors through driver education programs and initiatives.

The Mackay Road Accident Action Group must fulfil a variety of roles relating to the promotion of good driving behaviours including:

  • Advocating good driving behaviour
  • Planning future initiatives
  • Coordinating the implementation of planned initiatives
  • Facilitating the progression of driver awareness initiatives
  • Providing expert advice to stakeholder groups
  • Monitoring trends in road crash causal factors
  • Evaluating the effect of initiatives and actions taken

The Mackay Road Accident Action Group recognises the fact that their efforts while limited by resources and the availability of group members will continue to be actively involved in developmental activities to reduce road crash trauma.

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Waverley Creek Rest Area

Waverley Creek Rest Area

One of RAAG’s first concerns when formed in 2002 was fatigue related crashes on the Bruce Highway between Rockhampton and Mackay.

RAAG advocated for a Heavy Vehicle Rest Area at Waverley Creek, 160 kms south of Mackay in the centre of a very high fatigue crash zone, culminating in the opening in July 2012 of a magnificent facility.

For more information about the Waverly Creek Rest  Area  refer to

Waverley Creek Rest Area Evaluation Project





UPDATE:August 2014
Results from the survey were collated, and suggestions made from the survey passed on to DTMR, resulting in solar lights being installed at the southern end, line marking improvements made.Solar lights with sensors suggested for shade table structures, as yet not installed.

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Rest up rock star

In December 2013 The MAC Services Group collaborated with RAAG to promote the Rest Up Rock Star driver awareness campaign, to tackle the issue of driver fatigue on Bowen Basin roads. The campaign was developed in response to the high number of fatigue-related incidents occurring with drivers travelling to and from work for long hours with insufficient sleep.

RAAG selected The MAC Coppabella, the company’s largest workforce accommodation village in Central Queensland, to promote the campaign amongst guests and staff.  Launched to coincide with the holiday season, the campaign ran for a period of three months, up until March 2014.

With over 3,000 rooms The MAC Coppabella was the ideal environment to boost road safety awareness and educate shift workers who are at a high risk of driving tired.

The Rest Up Rock Star campaign provided drivers with simple, easy to follow tips to help them recognise the signs of fatigue and to act.

The MAC is a long-term supporter of RAAG and this program reinforced their commitment to the health, safety and wellbeing of its staff, guests and the wider community.

Winner of the Rockstar Holiday Weekend

To promote the campaign, The MAC offered the chance to win an all-expenses paid weekend for two in the Whitsundays.

Congratulations to Aimee McCleary who is off on a rock star weekend away.

Remember the only cure for fatigue is sleep so please be aware, recognise the signs and Rest Up Rock Star.

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Nebo Heavy Vehicle shade shelters Nebo

After several years of  campaigning to upgrade the Heavy Vehicle [HV] rest area facilities at Nebo , RAAG was  advised of a successful application to Dept. Transport and Main Roads Road Safety Grants program, for “Nebo rest area shade shelter and site promotion”.

A decision was made for the funds donated to RAAG by Viva Energy, Caltex and BP, at the Tanker Driver Safety forum in Mackay, to be used to construct a second structure on the west bound HV Rest Area.

Recognition plaques have been placed in the structures recognising the assistance from DTMR and the combined fuel industry, with appropriate media coverage made on their completion.

The main advantages of a divided table structure, the users have protection from wind, and rain and have shade available late afternoon and early morning. The privacy gained by dividers, increases the number of users, with cost savings of one roof, one slab.

RAAG encourages other companies to get involved and assist in constructing more of these structures in the future in areas lacking these facilities.

Opening April 10th

Shade Shelters where opened as of April 10th 2015.

Eastbound shelter sponsored by fuel industry

Eastbound shelter was sponsored by fuel industry.

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3-2-1 Green Reflector

The 3-2-1 Green reflector program was designed to allow the drivers of heavy vehicles to clearly identify  additional  suitable stopping places for fatigue management purposes.

The project to identify safe access, suitable, informal stopping places. These may be old pieces of highway, stockpile sites, commonly used extended unmarked pull over places in the road corridor.

More than 3000 kilometres of Bowen Basin highways , arterial, and development roads were audited by RAAG and data inputs submitted for checking by TMR.  Of the sites selected by RAAG   95% of sites [100+] were  approved.

Sign maintenance crews commenced installation of reflectors at sites. TMR continue to  install 3-2-1 green reflectors on Bruce Highway and Peak Downs Highway, TMR Rockhampton to roll out reflectors in southern Bowen Basin.

Education flyers were approved by TMR and distributed to a range of stakeholders including attendees at the ATA National conference.

Interest was shown nationally in expanding the project.

Great at night to find a safe HV stopping place Great at night to find a safe HV stopping place

RAAG has asked TMR [Roadtek] to develop guidelines for managing stockpile sites, for the project to be fully successful, cooperation needed at project end for materials dumped to be located or levelled for improved use by all, some consideration needed also for road side grass slashing that entrances are kept clear

RAAG recognises the valuable assistance, and thanks Rod Hannifey for advice with the project.  Rod Hannifey <>

Click Here for guidelines 3-2-1 Green Reflectors

click the images below to learn more about 3-2-1

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Fog and Head light Education

Unnecessary use of fog lights and illegal modification of headlights a serious concern in the region, causing momentary blindness, dazzling of oncoming drivers, a serious road safety hazard

RAAG received many comments from Heavy Vehicle [HV] drivers of a increase of modified High Intensity Discharge (HID) fog lights and headlights. Research and consultation with QPS revealed HID headlights require self levelling devices, these were not being fitted, and at the same time many motorists were modifying fog lights, or using high intensity fog lights unnecessarily and illegally.

A decision was made to produce education commercials to alert motorists and auto electricians of the problem, and if the problem continues to request a serious QPS enforcement campaign.

RAAG asks motorists to consider if they are using their foglights or driving lights unnecessarily and how these lights may dazzle other road users  such as HV drivers, including tanker drivers and other commuters. This dazzling effect can be for many seconds, resulting in a Heavy Vehicle travelling hundreds of metres with a dazzled driver.

RAAG was successful in obtaining  funding from Department of Transport and Main Roads Community Road Safety funding grant. This funding was used for an intensive Television, Radio and Social Media campaign, with numerous radio, newspaper stories and television interviews, as well as safety  commercials being shown state-wide on news broadcasts.

Fog Light Education

Headlight Education

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PCYC “Braking the Cycle”

RAAG has assisted with road safety advice for this project, and made a donation of $5000 for a second hand late model vehicle to enable the PCYC [BTC] Learner driver/Mentor program to commence and on the road.

Executive Committee – Terms and Reference

Date: 15 August 2013

Braking the Cycle (BTC) is a Learner Driver Mentor Program (LDMP) developed by the Queensland Police-Citizens Youth Welfare Association (QPCYWA) through the support of the State and Federal Governments. The program has formed partnerships with community organisations and Job Service Providers to allow opportunities for both Learners and Mentors.

The intent of the program is to provide disadvantaged youth with the opportunity to obtain their driving licence through the support of a volunteer mentor network. The focus is to deliver a service that will “enable” young persons to develop a core life and work skill that will support further opportunities in the workplace, training, and education environments.

By getting a licence the program aims to empower young people to break the cycle of welfare, unemployment, and anti-social behaviour, thereby reducing the burden on our communities of crime and young people being involved in serious traffic crash incidents.

RAAG has assisted with road safety advice for this project, and made a donation of $5000 for a second hand late model vehicle to enable the PCYC [BTC] Learner driver/Mentor program to commence and on the road.

QPCYWA has the responsibility for final decision making and implementation of the Braking the Cycle Program. The Executive Committee will be responsible for the overarching recommendations for the implementation of the program across the State. The executive committee will provide strategic recommendations to ensure the program is delivered in an efficient and effective manner. The Executive committee will meet twice annually (Sept and Feb) and will be provided with up to date information and statistics on the progress of the program, to ensure value for investment.

The Braking the Cycle Executive Committee has 4 aims:

  1. Provide strategic advice on the development and implementation of current plans
  2. Work collaboratively to drive long term sustainability and access to high needs communities
  3. Ensure links are established and maintained with community, government and corporate partners to maximize program investment
  4. Interpret program data to ensure the program provides value for money on investment

The executive committee is comprised of authorities in the transport, employment, research, indigenous and community sectors.

  • Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations (DEEWR)
  • Queensland Police Service (QPS)
  • Department of Transport and Main Roads (DTMR)
  • Centre for Accident Research and Road Safety Queensland (CARRSQ)
  • Motor Accident Insurance Commission (MAIC)
  • Department of Education Training and Employment (DETE)
  • Department of Communities
  • Dept Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and Multicultural Affairs (DATSIMA)
  • Local Government Association of Queensland (LGAQ)
  • Offer recommendations for development of sustainability strategies
  • Evaluate and monitor the Braking the Cycle Operational Plan
  • Offer recommendations on expanding QLD Braking the Cycle market place and associated partners
  • Provide interpretation on the impact and progress of QLD Braking the Cycle initiatives and plans
  • Collaborate on strategies for program implementation to improve integration, effectiveness and efficiency of program delivery.
  • Establish a coordinated approach across government, industry, corporate and community agencies to improve employment opportunities for young persons and reduce road and traffic related incidents in young drivers.

Standing Guidelines

  • The ‘Steering Committee’ shall meet as arranged by the Business Development Manager
  • Notations of each meeting shall be kept and distributed for comment by the Business Development Manager.
  • Agreed actions will be completed within set timelines and reported to the Steering Committee as requested.

All correspondence for the Braking the Cycle Steering Committee can be forwarded to:

Mr. Lachlan Sherrington

Queensland Police Citizens Youth Welfare Association

PCYC Jacaranda Avenue

Logan Central  QLD  4114


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Wide Load Education

With the increase of wide load movements in the Bowen Basin during the mining construction boom the risk of a crash between a wide load and other road users was on the increase. An education campaign was planned and implemented to reduce the risk.

A new approach focusing on younger drivers targeting key demographics using Facebook and social media , television, radio and print media. Several thousand copies of the “on the road with wide loads” video on DVD  were distributed at caravan shows, trade shows and road safety forums and conferences.

This campaign was  aimed at educating Bowen Basin road users to the correct procedures when an oversize load escort vehicle approaches. Education on following and understanding  the instructions from pilot vehicles and police are a lawful direction for oncoming and following vehicle’s safety.

The understanding that these oversize loads are the lifeblood of the region and that added time must be included in all trip time planning . Fatigue management, removal of stress and frustration due to delays by wide load movements are inevitable and worth of such an education campaign.

Tips for Travellers:

  • If towing vans in the Bowen Basin, a very good idea is to monitor channel 40 this will give a good warning of size of wide loads approaching.
  • If a police escort vehicle is approaching, quickly find a place to stop this is a seriously wide load approaching, beware of soft shoulders on the roadside.
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Retreat Rest Area Driver Reviver

The first 24/7 365 day driver reviver in Qld sponsored by the Retreat Hotel, launched 21/03/14, an excellent example of a road safety partnership with a commercial operator, TMR, RAAG, in the centre of a very high fatigue crash zone, note the free fatigue pillows distributed, a survey of drivers was included, assisted by DTMR transport inspectors.

The Retreat hotel is now closed but the retreat rest area is now in need of a toilet facility.

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Lights on and live

The Lights on and Live program, an initiative of the Road Accident Action Group (RAAG) funded by Arrow Energy, will air on television and radio in Mackay and Moranbah again in February 2016. This project encourages drivers to turn on their headlights during the day to become more visible to other road users.  Daytime Running Lights (DRL) are being fitted as standard to many new vehicles.

Research has shown that driving with lights on during the day reduces crashes. Arrow is particularly supportive of this program especially given the number of road accidents on the Peak Downs Highway, between Moranbah and Mackay.

Arrow has done a lot of work in managing the road safety of its own staff with real-time driver monitoring, our journey management centre, comprehensive driver training and a no mobile phone use policy. Arrow has contributed to fund this campaign and will evaluate its success.

RAAG, a group of individuals from state government, industry, community and local government, applied for campaign funding under Arrow’s Brighter Futures community investment program. that Arrow has supplied funding for an expanded “Lights on and Live” campaign not only in the Bowen Basin but also in the Surat Basin.

International research says that putting your lights on during the day will make you between 15% and 17% safer on the road. Not only do headlights improve visibility but it has also been shown to reduce dangerous overtaking by oncoming traffic. In other  jurisdictions vehicle manufacturers have already embraced the daytime lights concept, and in several countries it has been made mandatory.

This  Arrow Energy backed campaign helps promotes the use of daytime headlights as this will reduce road crashes. A survey was conducted in 2014 of  all vehicles travelling  east bound on the  Peak Downs Highway East of Nebo, 51.5% driving with daytime headlights or DRL’s, survey conducted 3-4pm same day of west bound vehicles west of Nebo, 49.5% driving with daytime headlights or DRL’s.

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