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Re: ‘En route to the brink’. Go­ing back­wards at a large Mel­bourne fuel ter­mi­nal. Driv­ers’ room re­duced in size so it’s full with a dozen blokes. Now the chairs have been taken away as some­one de­cided they are a trip hazard. No loaded trucks are al­lowed to park in ter­mi­nal, but it’s okay to leave them out on a public street? Take note own­ers of these trucks – when the ter­mi­nal breaks down as it does of­ten, the of­fice/driv­ers’ room fills up quickly in the hot weather. The rest of the driv­ers won’t be stand­ing in the sun; they’ll be sit­ting in the truck with the air-con go­ing! And that’s pro­duc­tiv­ity? Luke Nguyen Re: ‘Man­ual Labour; it’s the pa­tri­otic thing to do’. I do miss float­ing gears in a RR gear box. I miss the con­trol, the pre­ci­sion and skill of rop­ing each cog smoothly with­out hes­i­ta­tion. I found driv­ing Euro­pean trucks with au­to­mated man­u­als fun but the novelty wears off when you re­alise you have to sur­ren­der a cer­tain amount of con­trol to a com­puter while driv­ing them. I over­ride them just about ev­ery down-change so I have con­trol. I con­trol how my load pulls up and it took a bit of get­ting used to at the start. I agree with old mate, it needs to be an ap­pren­ticed job. There is too much at stake safe­ty­wise to make ac­cess as easy as it has been of late. Kieran Thomp­son Re: ‘Op Aus­trans: drug driv­ing con­cern in Vic­to­ria’. That’s less than three per cent. That’s not a drug cul­ture, that’s a cop­per beat­ing up the fig­ures to make it worse than it re­ally is. This was his shame­ful ex­cuse for a tar­geted po­lice op­er­a­tion na­tion­wide on a small, mi­nor­ity group that poses no threat to so­ci­ety and, in fact, were work­ing. If these truck­ies all had a par­tic­u­lar re­li­gious pref­er­ence, or if they all de­clared them­selves gay, the cops would be up for ha­rass­ment. Which is ex­actly what it is. Mark Gib­son

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