Free Cuppa for the Driver

Free Cuppa for the Driver scheme in it's seventh year

Free Cuppa for the Driver is a successful initiative that allows drivers who have travelled more than 100 kms from their address (shown on their drivers licence) to qualify for a free cup of tea or coffee from a choice of 92 participating businesses in areas that stretch from the Queensland border down to the Victorian border in Central and South West NSW.

The seventh year of the multi-award winning ‘Free Cuppa for the Driver’ initiative was launched at the Old Dubbo Gaol on Wednesday 1 March and will run through until Wednesday 31 May in a bid to reduce fatigue related crashes on NSW roads.

The scheme was officially launched by Dubbo Regional Council's Administrator, Mr Michael Kneipp with guest speakers including Member for Dubbo, Mr Troy Grant, Acting Superintendent of the Orana Local Area Command, Mr Scott Tanner,  Coordinator of Regional NSW High Productivity Road Transport's Alliance, Mr John Morris and Dubbo business owner Mr Michael Dodd. Commissioner NSW Volunteer Rescue Association, Mr Mark Gibson ESM was also in attendance.

Fatigue is one of the biggest killers on NSW roads with it contributing to 72 fatal crashes in NSW over the last 12 months.

The Free Cuppa for the Driver initiative targets drivers travelling in areas where NSW highways and roads are the gateway to major cities, such as Melbourne and Brisbane. These highways include the Castlereagh, Golden, Great Western, Gwydir, Hume, Mitchell, Newell and Oxley.

Since its inception in 2010, over 5,700 free cuppas have been given away from 185 participating businesses throughout 161 cities, towns and villages in Western NSW.

Free Cuppa for the Driver doesn’t just target drivers travelling in cars or caravans but also heavy vehicles, because truck drivers also face the risk of becoming fatigued whilst driving.

Some participating businesses have parking for heavy vehicles and welcome truck drivers to pull in during their travels for a free cuppa.

Drivers can use the Free Cuppa for the Driver App and its GPS tracking technology to find a nearby participating business and the type of parking available. There is also a Free Cuppa website and Facebook page that offers useful information on participating businesses and the initiative itself.

Major Visitor Information Centres from Victoria up to Queensland have received Free Cuppa for the Driver brochures which include information about participating businesses, competitions and contact details of coordinators of the initiative.

Free Cuppa for the Driver is also running a selfie competition on Facebook and a random prize draw at participating businesses. Information about these competitions can be found at www.freecuppa.com.au or by visiting a participating business.

Last Edited: 21 Mar 2017

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