Autonomous Trucks? Don’t Bother

Why are there so many stories about autonomous trucks? Don’t bother about them; I have a much better solution for road safety. A quick look at the accident stats will tell you the problem with road safety will not be fixed by introducing autonomous trucks, quite the opposite.   Let’s imagine an Australia where autonomous trucks are not only allowed, but actively encouraged. The technology exists to keep the trucks on the road and...

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Taking the Rough with the Smooth

  I have been looking back at some of the opinion pieces I have written over the years and reckon the phrase, ‘taking the rough with the smooth’ is quite relevant to many of the topics raised. Nobody ever went into the trucking industry for an easy ride.   It is clear from the outset it is going have its ups and its downs. Luckily, there are enough of us who get a lot out of the ups to keep us carrying on, enabling us to cope...

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White Males Only

Look around many transport companies and the sign on the door could easily read, ‘White Males Only’. This is unfortunate, but it is true. The level of inclusivity in the trucking industry is extremely low, and has been for a long time.   Of course, there are always plenty of shining examples that contradict this assertion, but just do a straw poll around people you know. The overall majority of the operators in this country are...

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Technology Marches On

The trucking industry changes very quickly, as technology marches on, higher and higher. Ask anyone working in trucking about the biggest changes in their career and they would all be technology related.   The last twenty years have seen engine technology go from mechanical fuel pumps and injectors from way back when, to precise, computer-controlled fuel injection from a high-pressure common rail – not one injection but a burst of...

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Engage, Engage, Engage!

There’s a lot going on in the regulation and legislation space in the next few years and the trucking industry will need to heed the clarion call to Engage, Engage, Engage! Unless, of course, we want to repeat the mistakes of the past and carry on the way we have for the past forty years.   The next few years are an unprecedented opportunity to get things right for a change. There are a number of good influences all coming...

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Get Smart

Just like the 1960s TV comedy created by Mel Brooks, the trucking industry need to ‘Get Smart’ about the media and its dealings with our industry and its people. There are plenty of agendas out there, and pretty much every single one of them is anti-truck.   The agendas are characterised as being anti-truck, but from the point of view of those involved in trucking, the agenda seems to be anti-trucking, against the people of the...

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