The RV Safety Awareness Project
The Campervan & Motorhome Club of Australia is working with state and federal governments and industry partners to launch an education and awareness program aimed at drivers of every kind of recreational vehicle safer on our roads.
As at November 2019, there were approximately 700,000 registered recreational vehicles (RVs) in Australia. RVs have the second highest growth rate for a registered vehicle type in Australia which, with increasing demand from consumers, is a trend that is expected to continue.
Recreational vehicles vary greatly and each of the vehicle types can come with their own challenges and safety risks. Recreational vehicles include motorhomes, campervans, converted buses/coaches, slide-ons, caravans, fifth-wheelers and camper trailers. The RV Safety Awareness Project aims to target areas of risk that are specific to RV travellers and educate these road users to try and reduce incidents and encourage consistent and compliant behaviour on our roads.
The project will develop educational and instructive material which will be available to all RV users across Australia. This material aims to support improved behaviours on our roads, minimise issues relating to overloaded or non-compliant vehicles and provide resource materials available to everyone. The project will focus on nine core areas that including towing, vehicle weights and weight distribution, speed, overtaking safely, UHF radio communication, rest, roadside services, consumer behaviour and licensing.