MaPS On Our Roads: Consultation Snapshot

June 30, 2020

The first critical stage of the project was to consult with heavy vehicle drivers and industry to gain further understanding of current impacts on mental and physical, health and safety for those working on our roads.

Between October 2019 and March 2020, we conducted group consultations, in-depth interviews, and a heavy vehicle operator survey with those working within the heavy vehicle industry. This period has been an unprecedented time of change, uncertainty and natural disaster which has directly impacted this industry group. Injury Matters is incredibly grateful to those who participated in the project to date, large or small, given competing demands and pressures faced by the heavy vehicle workforce currently.

To acknowledge the complex skill, expertise and accreditation required to safely operate heavy vehicles, we will refer to drivers as ‘heavy vehicle operators’. We acknowledge the training and experience required to operate these complex, powerful vehicles and in keeping themselves and other road users safe.

Please see our MaPS Consultation Findings infographic below for a snapshot of key findings that came from our consultation with the heavy vehicle workforce.  

Our consultations confirmed that heavy vehicle operators are often the first to come across the scene of a road crash. Being first on scene, providing assistance, witnessing, being involved in or causing a crash, can have a traumatic and long-lasting impact on those directly and indirectly involved, including family, friends and work colleagues.

All heavy vehicle operators involved in the consultation process offered suggestions regarding how to improve road safety.  Additional suggestions for health and wellbeing initiatives included: providing education to all road users on how to safely share the road with heavy vehicles, improving the infrastructure available to heavy vehicle operators and providing additional social events.

These findings offer insight into how we engage with the heavy vehicle industry and direction of the MaPS on Our Roads awareness raising products and resources.