When looking at the typical car driver’s fear on the road around trucks, it seems the problem is truck drivers are like spiders. Many people know very little about spiders, but have a genuine dread of them and get frightened around them.
With the announcement of a Productivity Commission review of the economic impact of transport regulation reforms, the searchlight turns onto the trucking industry. The Productivity Commission (PC) is a powerful voice and one that governments listen to and whose evidence they use to develop policy.
When I used to drive trucks for a living, this time of year was always stressful, as we come into the dreaded Easter period. This was a period of at least two weeks where, if something went wrong, it would go badly wrong.
The award of the Bridgestone Bandag Highway Guardian to Brendon Gilbert saw a deserving recipient receive a well-deserved award, but also brought to light yet another social media attack on truckies. Even as Brendon was performing CPR at the roadside, there were idiots online talking absolute rubbish about his truck crashing into the motorbike.
People are always talking about the low number of women in the trucking industry and when you ask a lot of women, it’s a culture thing, which is stopping their participation. Most women do not want to be part of a boys club.Read more
The results are in and the two people representing the small fleet truckies on the Australian Trucking Association’s General Council have been named and congratulated accordingly. The winners of the 2019 ATA election were Frank Black(Arcidiaco) from Albert Park in South Australia and Angela Welsh from Blaxland East in NSW.
It is no good for the trucking industry, in the run up to the federal election in the next couple of months, to make like an ostrich and bury its head in the sand. There is one issue which needs to be addressed and which may not go away, no matter how much we look away, it may still cause the industry some issues.
The chain of responsibility regulations are, generally, regarded by many in the industry as a positive and, if applied correctly, a force for good, but not for a chain of fools. It appears other arms of government and and those who administer the law in other areas of governance are neither informed or care about the CoR and its overall implications.
If the powers that be really wanted to know how to make life easier for truckies on the highway, they would ask the bloody question. Of course, asking the question might get you the wrong result, you might find out what the problem really is.