Local Parkes district businesses sign up to reduce driver fatigue

FREE CUPPA: All travelling drivers, including motorcyclists, are entitled to a free cuppa. Photo: Supplied.
FREE CUPPA: All travelling drivers, including motorcyclists, are entitled to a free cuppa. Photo: Supplied.

This year 17 local businesses in the Parkes, Forbes and Lachlan Shire Council areas have put their hands up to help fight driver fatigue and reduce our road toll by offering free cuppas to tired drivers.

Our local businesses will join over 100 businesses across regional areas of NSW to participate in the next phase of the successful 'Free Cuppa for the Driver' scheme, which commenced on March 1 and runs through until May 31.

Participating businesses will be encouraging drivers to take regular breaks by offering a free cup of tea or coffee to any driver who is more than 100kms away from home.

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The Parkes participating businesses are: Parkes Coffee Pot, Pink Orchid Café + Florist and Smeaton's Bakehouse.

In Tullamore, the BP Tullamore and Casho's are taking part, while down the Bogan Way at Bogan Gate drivers can pick up a free cuppa at The Railway Hotel.

Condobolin's Bowser Bean Café and the Condobolin RSL Club are handing out the life saving cuppas as drivers pass through the Lachlan Valley Way.

In the pretty and popular town of Forbes, drivers can take a break and pick up a brew at the Commercial Hotel, Forbes Bakehouse, Forbes Inn Hotel Motel, Isabel's Place, Shell Forbes and Subway.

The smaller towns around the Lachlan are also participating: Albert (The Rabbit Trap Hotel), Lake Cargelligo (Fisho's Takeaway) and Tullibigeal (Tullicare).

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 at https://www.facebook.com/freecuppa/ that will keep you up to date on the scheme and the participating businesses.

Since 2010, over 25,000 free cuppas have been given away. During that time, across NSW fatigue-related crashes have fallen by 19 per cent.

The scheme is an initiative of 17 regional council areas in the Western, South Western and Hunter regions of NSW in partnership with Transport for NSW.

This year, the scheme welcomes Wentworth, Mid-Western, Cootamundra-Gundagai and the Blue Mountains shires.

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