Readers sound off on pressures
INCREASING pressure on truckies, who face long hours and low wages, is having devastating effects on truck drivers according to Transport Workers Union Queensland branch secretary Peter Biagini.
Big Rigs social media users knew all about those pressures.
LUKE DANIELL: “What’s the point of a seven-hour break when you’re not tired? You end up lying there staring at the roof in the sleeper. Then the second your seven hours are up, you’re apparently good for another 14 hours in 17 hours. But an hour up the road you’re on the nod. Fatigue laws don’t work unless you’re on the same run week-in week-out.” STEVEN CORCORAN: “One discrepancy you get screwed, guilty until proven innocent, you will be abandoned interstate by
employer if a crash occurs, no promotions, no reward for loyalty, no basic human rights let alone workplace rights.”
BEN GUNN: “Another contributor is the combinations and the regulations on them. Most companies utilise the 34 pallet B-double combos but we are restricted to what prime movers you can put on front. Being jammed up in a cab-over for 60–80 hours a week is not the most comfortable of settings. Being able to put a long prime mover on the front could help. And having vehicles set up for the climactic conditions helps. I think most drivers who have had to spend nights away in the northern and western parts of this country will tell you some of the trucks they have had to do this in have been of sub standard for the climate they operate in.”