This rogue be­hav­iour stops now, warns cop

Big Rigs - - NEWS - Kate Dodd kate.dodd@bi­

NEW South Wales Po­lice Force Traf­fic and High­way Pa­trol chief in­spec­tor Philip Brooks has never seen any­thing quite like what’s go­ing on in Ulmarra in all his 30 years on the po­lice force.

Footage of a truck driver sound­ing his horn through a res­i­den­tial area in the mid­dle of the night ig­nited fresh de­bate about Ulmarra’s road safety cam­paign.

Ulmarra res­i­dents said they had a gut­ful of the de­lib­er­ate, heavy com­pres­sion brak­ing and blast­ing airhorns which they said had be­gan af­ter the vil­lage started a cam­paign to en­cour­age all driv­ers to slow down.

“For some rea­son a small num­ber of truck driv­ers took this mes­sage to mean that trucks were be­ing sin­gled out. This was never the case,” one con­cerned res­i­dent wrote in an email to chief in­spec­tor Brooks.

“This small num­ber of rogue driv­ers are giv­ing all truck driv­ers a bad rep­u­ta­tion. Air brakes, com­pres­sion brak­ing and air horns are not ac­cept­able in ar­eas where fam­i­lies are try­ing to sleep and feel safe.”

Chief In­spec­tor Brooks said what­ever the ori­gin of the de­bate be­tween res­i­dents and driv­ers, it was “in­con­se­quen­tial” if res­i­dents couldn’t sleep at night, were be­ing “wo­ken up in fright” and if they had trou­ble go­ing about their work­days.

“It’s ob­vi­ously a sign that this be­hav­iour, this rogue, self­ish be­hav­iour, needs to stop.

“I’m all for ad­vo­cat­ing the pos­i­tives of the in­dus­try but when this sort of stuff oc­curs, it’s right out of left field,” he said.

Chief In­spec­tor Brooks said he’d heard from res­i­dents the horn blow­ing had sub­sided, but po­lice were start­ing to get fur­ther vi­sion and in­for­ma­tion about horn/brake ac­tiv­i­ties through the town.

He said he would ask Roads and Mar­itime Safety to con­sider reg­is­tra­tion and li­cence sus­pen­sion given the “com­mu­nity safety risk” the be­hav­iour posed.

The Aus­tralian Truck­ing As­so­ci­a­tion slammed the be­hav­iour of this group of truck driv­ers who “are mak­ing us all look bad”.

“This kind of stu­pid­ity tar­nishes the rep­u­ta­tion of our in­dus­try and ev­ery­one who tries to do the right thing,” a state­ment posted to Face­book read.

Big Rigs so­cial me­dia fol­low­ers took to Face­book to ex­press their dis­like of the truck­ies’ be­hav­iour.

Glenn Water­reus wrote it was “Pretty sim­ple, stop us­ing ex­haust Jacs like you should in all the small towns. No­body has a ha­tred for trucks, just knobs us­ing them in the mid­dle of the night.

“You don’t like them us­ing com­pres­sion brakes when you are in the bunk, then think of the peo­ple in the vil­lages. A cou­ple make us all look like knobs.”

Sean Tex James wrote “Ab­so­lute mup­pets, enough d **** out there giv­ing the in­dus­try a bad name with­out this crap!”


ON­GO­ING IS­SUE: A map of where the rogue trucks are dis­turb­ing res­i­dents in Ulmarra in NSW.

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