Businesses sign up for cuppa scheme

Ninety-five businesses across Western and South Western NSW, including the Canowindra Services Club, have signed up to participate in this coming year's ‘Free Cuppa for the Driver’ scheme, where drivers who have travelled more than one hundred kilometres from the address on their driver’s licence are eligible for a free cup of tea or coffee from those participating businesses.

This scheme will see over twenty three local council areas working together to implement the successful and multi-award winning ‘Free Cuppa for the Driver’ scheme in a bid to reduce tired drivers and fatigue related crashes on roads in Western NSW.

Orange and Cabonne Road Safety Officer, Andrea Hamilton-Vaughan, said that the second biggest killer on NSW roads is from drivers who are tired.

“When you fall asleep behind the wheel you aren’t able to react by slowing down and moving out of the way from hazards ahead, which means the crash is more likely to be fatal,” said Mrs Hamilton-Vaughan.

This scheme allows drivers to access a ‘free cuppa’ from participating businesses who have a variety of trading hours, which improves the schemes accessibility.

How ‘Free Cuppa for the Driver’ works is the Local Government Road Safety program provides participating businesses with takeaway cups, banners and all other resources required, and the free cuppa it self is directly provided by participating businesses.

“If it wasn’t for participating businesses supplying the ‘free cuppa’, then this scheme wouldn’t be possible,” said Mrs Hamilton-Vaughan.

The ‘Free Cuppa for the Driver’ scheme will officially launch in Orange on March 1, 2018 and will continue to offer free coffee and teas until May 31,  2018.