FA­TIGUE AT THE COAL FACE

Owner Driver - - Owner/Driver -

Truck driv­ers to­day I feel have more train­ing nowa­days re­lat­ing to fa­tigue than ac­tu­ally about the ve­hi­cle they drive. High-tech gad­gets be­ing in­tro­duced daily, vi­brat­ing seats, eye testers … the list goes on.

Strangely, maybe yes or maybe no, noth­ing is said about im­prove­ments to the size of the ac­tual bed, the place we are told is the only way to go when it comes to re­viv­ing.

I started long-dis­tance driv­ing in 1962 and rode sidesad­dle with my dad pre­vi­ously.

I won’t bore you about our meth­ods, le­gal and il­le­gal, how we man­aged to rest or stay alert.

They must have worked for me, 73, and still a full-time em­ployed DG tanker driver.

I will get to my point. In my opin­ion, in­dus­try and long-dis­tance ve­hi­cle man­u­fac­tur­ers for­got about the bed.

Ken­worth brought out the big cab around the ’80s, a 900cm bed. In­ci­den­tally, a sin­gle bed is 1m (would you buy any­thing smaller for your child?) and that was a long time ago. No im­prove­ments since. In­dus­try rep­re­sen­ta­tives, bow your head in shame. The con­ti­nen­tal ve­hi­cles our so-called in­dus­try lead­ers are now pur­chas­ing have a 750cm bed (big whoop).

If you can do it, I can do it. I would like to put a pub­lic chal­lenge to Lind­say Fox, Ron Finemore, the boss of Toll and any other CEOs to take the mat­tress out of a 750cm bed, place it hard against a wall and sleep in it for 14 days.

Ladies and gen­tle­men, we need to at­tract young blood to our great in­dus­try, but when we ex­pect them to sleep on some­thing that is likened to a park bench, no won­der they shy away from our won­der­ful in­dus­try.

So the chal­lenge is on. I’ll ar­range the pub­lic­ity. Barry Grim­son Two times run­ner-up ATA Driver of the Year Shell­har­bour, NSW

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