A NEW video series by Whiteline Television aimed at truck drivers covers topics such as mental health, nutrition and exercise.

Road safety and freight transport assistant minister Scott Buchholz said the series by Whiteline Television gave practical tips from truckies who were often on the road for several days at a time.

“The health of all truckies is as important now as it’s ever been,” Mr Buchholz said.

“Truck drivers have been one of the unsung heroes in recent months ensuring the most basic of day-to-day essentials continued to be delivered and communities stay connected through the movement of freight.

“I want to thank all of our transport operators and truck drivers for the amazing work they have been doing, keeping shelves stocked and essential freight moving.

“We don’t thank our drivers enough but during this pandemic, the importance of their work has been on display,” Mr Buchholz said.

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NHVR CEO Sal Petroccitto said the series of three short videos added to the important ongoing conversations about driver welfare.

“The average age for Australia’s truck drivers is mid-40s and many are away from their homes and families for long periods of time,” Mr Petroccitto said.

“At the same time the challenges have never been greater and truckies’ health and wellbeing is vital, whether it’s somewhere to pull up for a rest or looking after themselves with a bit of exercise.

“And just talking about mental and physical health is an important first step.”

The videos were produced by Whiteline Television and funded from Round 4 of the NHVR’s Heavy Vehicle Safety Initiative, supported by the Australian government.

The Australian government and has provided $17.3m for 62 HVSI grants over the past four years to deliver safety benefits for the heavy vehicle industry and other road users.

The three videos are available at www.truckingnation.com.au

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