Throwing Out the Baby

The well-worn expression telling us to avoid throwing the baby out with the bath water has never been more relevant to the trucking industry than it is today. We have moved into the 21st century, and the old ways of doing things are no longer possible. There has to be a culture of safety and accountability throughout the industry sector, but let’s not let all of the past behaviours get thrown out.   One of the reasons many people stay...

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Many Lost Voices

Quite often in these columns, Diesel News is trying to speak for the many lost voices in the trucking industry. There is an issue of representation in the industry which needs to be addressed, but is unlikely to be on anyone’s radar and, if it is, it just gets put into the too-hard basket. Time after time a problem appears that will profoundly affect the trucking industry. The government, police or other agencies look to meet...

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Sensible Car Drivers?

Is it too much to ask for the trucking industry to be able to deal with sensible car drivers? The biggest risk to safety on our highways is those people driving cars. They are the least observant, most likely to speed and prone to fatigue-related crashes, especially around holiday time.   Car drivers are the bane of the truckie’s life, lacking any kind of consideration for truck drivers and manoeuvring dangerously around them. If...

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This Is The Modern World

We may like to indulge in nostalgia in the trucking world, but this is the modern world we are talking about. Sometimes it is difficult to separate the real facts from the myths and legends in this industry.   What we do know is thirty or forty years ago, there were a lot of rogues in the industry. The boundaries of possibilities were stretched to breaking point on a regular basis until it became normal practice.   In fact,...

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Waiting for the Big Bang

The trucking industry may be sitting around waiting for the big bang, when all of the proposed reforms come together and we enter into some form of nirvana and all of our petty problems have gone away. They are in for a long wait.   This is the real world, it is not a single problem solving solution we are going to get, but, hopefully a process of changing the environment in which we work to improve the situation to move slowly...

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Get Out and Shout

It’s time more people in the trucking industry decided to get out and shout about what is wrong with the world the trucking industry has to live in.   There is no room for shrinking violets, there are big decisions to be made and if the core of trucking doesn’t get its point across, someone else will.   This week the Australian Trucking Association (ATA) is calling out for people to make their opinions known at the upcoming...

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