Logistics council draws criticism
RE: Story in Big Rigs, Edition 2.
I write in response to the the Australian Logistics Council suggestion that reducing heavy vehicle fatalities required greater commitment to meeting safety responsibilities by all parties in the supply chain. Y’know what? I read that story and it’s just Blah Blah Blah.
Your typical feel-good statement by a body which really could have something of value to say but trots out the same old tropes.
I’ve yet to see reported a substantial case where someone other than a driver has been held responsible for an incident.
Not saying it’s never happened. Just never seen it reported.
I’m fed up with the overall reporting of incidents.
All the half truths, outright poor information and lack of understanding by those reporting.
There’s also never any follow-up report unless it’s something completely off the wall.
The knee jerk raids that happen.
Then all the noise over some minor defects. Here’s the thing. If they’ll let you out of the shed at Marulan, then it’s not a life threatening thing, is it?
If these things are such a concern, ground the trucks on the spot.
Not to be moved until it’s rectified.
I’ve said this time and again in every forum I’ve had the opportunity to raise my voice.
The investigation of all road accidents involving commercial vehicles should be investigated by the ATSB. It’s not always fatigue. It’s not always poor maintenance.
It’s not always clear what’s going on.
The ATSB has the power to call maintenance records and look at any documents related to air accidents.
They also consider operating conditions including weather and scheduling.
Anything that may have contributed.
They should be able to do the same with commercial vehicles.
I really don’t see how an agency that is responsible for part of the equation (road construction, maintenance and signage) gets to have any part of an investigation where they may have contributed to the cause/s.
More regulation isn’t the answer.
In fact I would suggest that the continued squeezing of the industry with regulation and compliance controls has contributed to an increase in the stress and fatigue of operators.
We’re exponentially better now than we have been. That’s been overlooked by the knee jerk reactions of the belief they need to be seen to be doing something and the outright poor reporting of the facts. — Mike W