Ninety eight businesses within 22 local government areas across New South Wales have joined forces for the 2019 'Free Cuppa for the Driver' scheme.

The multi-award winning scheme was launched this week at Harvest Café and Store in Bathurst, and will offer visiting drivers who have travelled 100km from home a complimentary cup of tea or coffee at any of the participating businesses.

The scheme is a collaboration between the local councils, Roads and Maritime Services and the 98 participating businesses to combat driver fatigue.

Parkes, Forbes and Lachlan Shire Councils' Road Safety and Injury Prevention Officer, Melanie Suitor said, "Since its inception in 2010, the scheme has continued to evolve and expand with very pleasing results. It's a testament to the generosity of the local participating businesses that the scheme is bigger than ever after nine years.

"The scheme encourages drivers to take a break from long distance driving before they become fatigued and we encourage them to stop for a free cup of tea or coffee, have a stretch, and have a chat with a local and perhaps a look around an area they haven’t visited before," Ms Suitor added.

The 'Free Cuppa for the Driver' scheme commences on 1 March 2019 and will run until 31 May 2019.

"The scheme is a win/win/win. It's especially a win for road safety as tired drivers will stop to take a break, it’s a win for local towns as they attract more stopping visitors and it's a win for the local participating businesses as they attract more customers, who usually buy something to go along with their free cuppa.

“Feedback from participating business owners demonstrated their commitment to road safety, affirming that they take the prevention of driver fatigue very seriously and do their best to promote awareness by giving away as many free cuppas as they can. Several business owners said they were proud to be able to contribute to the reduction of road crash injuries and fatalities in their area," Ms Suitor said.

Motorists can plan their breaks by viewing the full list of participating businesses via or pick up a brochure from Visitor Information Centres across NSW, QLD and VIC.