Qube Bulk in ‘grey nomad’ road safety effort
Qube’s bulk haulage arm in a safety discussion effort with recreational travellers in the Pilbara
“... a good understanding between truck drivers and the ‘grey nomads’ is vital to road safety”
QUBE BULK has undertaken a safety discussion effort with recreational travellers in WA’s Pilbara.
With its fleet sharing the roads with a large number of retirees escaping southern winters to tour the warmer northern areas of the country, Qube’s bulk haulage services arm has sought to engender an understanding of the issues involved face-to-face.
“With so many caravans and motor homes on the road during this time of year, a good understanding between truck drivers and the ‘grey nomads’ is vital to road safety,” Qube Bulk regional manager Adam Brough says.
Qube Bulk’s Pilbara transport team recently visited an overflow campsite in Port Hedland to meet and discuss road safety awareness with travelling visitors.
With more than 55 travellers in attendance, Qube provided an overview of the advanced in-truck safety systems that ensure the safety of Qube drivers and other road users.
Three prime movers were on location to enable people to sit in the driver’s seat and experience the systems fi rst hand.
Attendees were provided with information on road train passing techniques, both for overtaking and when being overtaken, as well as UHF radio techniques, channel selection and communication protocols.
There was also discussion around the realities of road train stopping requirements and the fact it can take over 100m for a fully loaded truck, weighing more than 92 tonnes, to come to a complete stop when travelling at 70km/h.
Brough says such events help build positive relationships and improve safety for all road users.
Qube says feedback from attendees was “extremely positive” and it plans to conduct these safety sessions with travellers annually.
The Western Australia Road Transport Association ( WARTA) recognises the value of this work while calling for a wider approach.
WARTA “highlights the need for government and industry to develop a more comprehensive program that can be implemented each year, rather than rely on the goodwill and initiatives of individual companies”, executive officer Cam Dumesny tells ATN.
Grey nomads at the meeting