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.”