Truck­ies’ thoughts on li­cences


TRUCK driv­ers are the elite of road users in Aus­tralia. They have a higher level of skills, far more ex­pe­ri­ence and knowl­edge of the road than the av­er­age mo­torist.

There is one caveat to this state­ment, it refers to good truck driv­ers and, for­tu­nately, that is the ma­jor­ity of truck­ies on our roads.

How­ever, with Aus­tralia’s spik­ing road death toll, the in­ad­e­quacy of train­ing for truck driv­ers has risen as one of the ma­jor safety and im­age is­sues on the high­ways.

Those were the words of for­mer Big Rigs edi­tor Bruce Honey­will when he ad­dressed the is­sue of li­cence flaws.

Read­ers agreed the in­dus­try was in need of re­form.

■ Stu­art Mccoll: “The work di­ary and fa­tigue man­age­ment process are just as much at fault. I’ve had days where my di­ary is out of hours but it’s early af­ter­noon, I’m wide awake, com­pletely safe to con­tinue driv­ing, and too awake to stop and sleep. And I’ve had other times where it’s 4am, I’m strug­gling but have hours left in the di­ary and need to keep driv­ing be­cause the log book will re­quire a long break be­fore I reach the des­ti­na­tion if I take an hour nap. The sys­tem com­pletely dis­re­gards com­mon­sense and hu­man fac­tors.”

■ Peter David­son: “As a rigid driver who was rushed through one of these quick RTO train­ing schemes less than two years ago ... I can state with cer­tainty that I was not ad­e­quately pre­pared for what awaited me. How­ever I have seen some driv­ers with greater ex­pe­ri­ence than me that I wouldn’t let drive a rub­bish bin. Com­mon­sense is a qual­ity some driv­ers of so-called ex­pe­ri­ence lack.”

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