TRANSCARE drivers and vehicles will have an extra set of eyes on their side in the coming weeks.
Thanks to the help of the Muswellbrook Local Government Area Club Grant Committee, dash cams will be fitted to the community not-for-profit group’s vehicles.
The 13 cars and seven buses travel more than 38,000 kilometres a month - on both community bus runs and taking clients to local and long distant appointments.
“We all see the accidents and near misses on TV and social media due to the installation of dash cams and the fact that we have vehicles out there every single day means that we can capture footage that may assist,” TransCare CEO Alan Gordon said.
“We have been thinking about utilising dash cams for some time now and were looking at funding the project through our own means or through a government program.
“In the meantime Daryl Egan and Scott Bailey, from Muswellbrook RSL and Muswellbrook and District Workers clubs respectively, said they would provide some financial assistance because they could see the value of having the cameras on board TransCare’s vehicles.
Mr Bailey, Muswellbrook and District Workers Club manager, said they were happy to put their support behind the proposal.
“We’re delighted to help TransCare and realise that they provide a vital service to the community,” he said.
“There’s plenty of our members, and I’m sure plenty of the RSL members, that use it.”
Muswellbrook RSL Club manager Mr Egan added that the dash cams would be an important feature to help protect not only the drivers, but the people being transported to appointments.
In addition to the dash cams, buses in the TransCare fleet will have rearward cameras that will film passengers on the bus.
This is a security feature, should any accidents or incidents happen outside of the drivers’ line of sight.
If you would like to know anything further about services offered by TransCare, including community bus runs, cleaning services and more, visit www.transcare.or.au or phone 6545 3113.