As the new school year commences, National Transport Insurance is reminding all road users to be mindful of local road changes, especially around school and community sporting grounds.
In light of the increase of small to medium sized trucks frequenting densely populated and residential areas, NTI’s Chief Executive Officer Tony Clark says it’s important for all drivers to exercise caution.
“It’s common for speed, parking and usage restrictions to come into practice during school terms, so it’s essential for drivers and dispatchers alike to stay up to date,” said Mr Clark.
“Journey planning can make all the difference – be it seeking alternative routes, or accounting for reduced speed areas and traffic conditions during peak times.”
But there’s more than just the business side of things to think about, he says.
“At the end of the day, the core message is simple and a bit more heartfelt. There’s a lot of emotion around this time of year for families with kids going back to school and many just starting. It doesn’t take much to be patient, respectful and mindful.”
Most school zones are in operation from before and until after school time, and extend beyond the immediate school area.
If your travel zone includes urban and residential areas, National Transport Insurance advise checking your state’s Department of Main Roads website to stay up to date with current restrictions.