Truck se­cu­rity fo­cus in wake of Sin­gle­ton

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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”

Ben Maquire

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