NATIONAL heavy vehicle regulator CEO Sal Petroccitto has welcomed Shane Jacobson’s passion for heavy vehicle safety as the face of the ‘Tell a mate’ campaign.

Mr Jacobson is an Australian actor and comedian, best known as the “Dunny Man” for his performance as Kenny Smyth, a plumber working for a portable toilet rental company in the 2006 film Kenny.

“Initially Shane will be part of our Focus on Fatigue campaign in the lead-up to Christmas, urging drivers to chat to their colleagues and other road users about recognising the signs of fatigue,” Mr Petroccitto said.

“Heavy vehicle safety is everyone’s business, whether you drive a truck or a car, tow a trailer or a caravan,” Mr Petroccitto said.

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He said the campaign calls on those in the industry to chat to their mates about fatigue, driving safely around trucks and etiquette around using truck rest stops.

“Simple conversations can make a big difference and we know the message is often best delivered by peers.

“For example, if you notice your vehicle drifting or overshooting a sign or lane, you may be fatigued. Take a break and get home safe. Remember, the only cure for tiredness is sleep. It’s better to arrive late than never,” he said.

‘Tell a mate’ is a social media campaign, delivered by the NHVR: www.nhvr.gov.au/tellamate

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