Qube Bulk in ‘grey no­mad’ road safety ef­fort

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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

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