This rogue behaviour stops now, warns cop
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.