Lo­gis­tics coun­cil draws crit­i­cism

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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

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