Truck security focus in wake of Singleton
ATA calls for added safety attention and highlights rising theft rate
THE AUSTRALIAN TRUCKING ASSOCIATION ( ATA) has issued a cab security alert to the industry following the appalling events in Singleton last month involving an allegedly stolen semi.
Meanwhile, the apprehension of the alleged truck thief was a shocking experience for Qube drivers, it has emerged.
ATA CEO Ben Maguire sees the incident as a wake-up call for drivers to secure their vehicles at all times.
Maguire underscores that an incident such as this resulting from an unsecure vehicle can have a devastating impact.
“Trucks and other commercial vehicles are easy to access, and this is a warning to all drivers and operators that trucks and loads must be secured at all times,” he says.
“Keeping your trucks safe and secure is absolutely essential in today’s heightened security environment, no matter where you are, how small the rest stop or how safe you feel. Sadly, this has become our new norm.”
Maguire says all truckies should have a security plan so drivers know what to do if something happens.
“Truck security can be simple and complex regimes don’t have to be implemented,” Maguire says.
“Be aware of your surroundings, lock your truck at all times and keep your keys safe. Know where your vehicle is and who has access.
“If you’re hiring drivers, always do a check for the right licence and other genuine documents. Truckies also need to know their loads.”
Charges have been laid against the alleged truck thief including stealing a motor vehicle, and two charges each of police pursuit: not stop, use of offensive weapon to prevent lawful detention, assault offi cer in execution of duty, resist offi cer, and malicious damage.
Named in media reports as troubled 29-year- old Rod Johnson, he was apprehended after being dragged from the cab of a Qube tanker after his stolen truck had crashed and burned.
The company views its driver as having done “everything right” in the circumstances and a review will take place as a matter of normal procedure.
“Trucks and loads must be secured at all times”