Fifteen local businesses have put up their hand to help to reduce driver fatigue-related road incidents, having signed up to take part in next year’s ‘Free Cuppa for the Driver’ scheme.

Our local business will join over one hundred businesses across Hunter, Southern, South West and Western NSW to participate in the next round of the successful ‘Free Cuppa for the Driver’ scheme, which provides drivers who have travelled more than 100 kilometres from their home with a free cup of tea or coffee from those participating businesses.

The 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 NSW.

Parkes, Forbes and Lachlan Shire Councils' Road Safety and Injury Prevention Officer, Melanie Suitor, said that the second biggest killer on NSW roads is drivers who are tired.

“When you fall asleep behind the wheel you aren’t able to react by breaking or moving out of the way of hazards, which means the crash is more likely to be fatal,” Ms Suitor said.

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

The scheme runs each year from 1 March to 31 May.  The councils' market and administer the scheme, with the 'free cuppa' itself being directly provided by participating businesses.

“If it wasn’t for the participating businesses supplying the ‘free cuppa’, then this scheme wouldn’t be possible and I would like to thank the 15 enthusiastic businesses across the Parkes, Forbes and Lachlan Shire Councils who are taking part in next year’s scheme.  Many of whom are returning for the eighth or ninth time and we warmly welcome those who are joining us for the first time in 2019,” Ms Suitor said.

The local participating businesses for 2019 are:

Forbes

  • Crave Coffee Café Catering
  • Forbes Bakehouse
  • Forbes Inn Hotel/Motel
  • Pantry Café and Catering
  • Subway - Forbes

Lachlan Shire

  • Vantage Fuels Condobolin
  • Shell Condobolin
  • Fisho's Hotbake and Takeaway (Lake Cargelligo)
  • Tulli Café (Tullibigeal)

Parkes Shire

  • Railway Arts and Crafts (Bogan Gate)
  • Railway Hotel (Bogan Gate)
  • Cooke Park Café (Parkes)
  • Parkes Coffee Pot
  • Parkes Services Club
  • Casho's (Tullamore)

The ‘Free Cuppa’ website, freecuppa.com.au, allows drivers to search for the nearest participating business as well as find useful information on the scheme.  There is also an active Facebook page that will keep you up to date on the scheme and the participating businesses.