Let’s not let a few spoil our im­age

Big Rigs - - LETTERS TO THE EDITOR OPINION - EDI­TOR JAMES GRA­HAM james.gra­ham@bi­grigs.com.au

I HAVE to ad­mit I was a lit­tle torn when I first heard about the hot­line now open to dob in safety violators.

Putting the ob­vi­ous scope for abuse aside, do we re­ally need to be high­light­ing yet again the few bad ap­ples that seem to be all we’re judged on by the gen­eral public and our in­dus­try de­trac­tors?

But then I got to talk­ing to a cou­ple of the younger blokes we fea­ture in this is­sue (see pages 4, 5 and 36, if you haven’t landed there al­ready).

What an im­pres­sive trio of young pro­fes­sion­als they are.

They all work in­cred­i­bly hard and ap­proach their driv­ing roles as not just a short-term job they’re do­ing to bol­ster the cof­fers be­fore mov­ing on to some­thing else.

For them, as it should be across the board, this is a se­ri­ous life­long vo­ca­tion, one that doesn’t de­serve to be tar­nished by those who are fail­ing to treat it with the re­spect it de­serves.

We may have a short­age of young­sters com­ing into the ranks, but if these guys are any­thing to go by, we don’t lack in qual­ity.

It was also great to hear from a voice at the other end of his ca­reer in this is­sue, long-time driver Ken Wilkie from the Na­tional Road Freighters As­so­ci­a­tion (see page 7). He’s had a gut­ful of the con­vo­luted and con­fus­ing fa­tigue laws, and I must say I can’t blame him.

His mis­sion now – and one that will have our whole­hearted sup­port – is to fight for change so blokes like our “young guns” don’t have to suf­fer the same way.

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