Sandown Drive Days 2013 a success

Sandown Drive Days 2013 has staged another successful event with more than 700 visitors attending the two days in Melbourne on 7-8 March. The ‘hands on’ event aims at promoting the latest safety and productivity features in commercial vehicles.

Hosted by the Victorian Transport Association (VTA), Sandown Drive Days drew more than 30 supporting organisations and sponsors including Hino, Paccar, Mercedes Benz, Scania and Volvo and major support from WorkSafe, Transport Accident Commission, National Transport Commission, VACC, ARRB, VicRoads, Road Australia and many more.

“After months of planning, we were very pleased with the running of the event, all the manufacturers put together an amazing on-track experience for attendees, allowing them to drive cars and trucks, ask questions and see first hand how new technology is being implemented,” said Neil Chambers, CEO of the VTA.

“An important reason why the VTA works so hard host this event is to ensure that many people who legislate, regulate and develop government policies about Australia’s transport industry have the opportunity to see how it operates ‘at the sharp end’.”

According to Chambers, the choice of activities this year was expanded to include vehicle maintenance, trailer and equipment productivity and safety, and a bulk tanker roll over exercise. This was supported by on-track driving with more than 25 vehicles on the Sandown track and a number of others on an external on-road course. The Transport Accident Commission also ran a motorcycle braking demonstration as well as a fleet manager drive program.

Read the full report in the next edition of Prime Mover.

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