In­dus­try slams drug boast­ing driver

A video posted on Face­book of a driver seem­ingly tak­ing il­le­gal drugs in his truck has brought damn­ing re­sponses from all cor­ners of the in­dus­try

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A TRUCK DRIVER in a Face­book video which was posted last month has come to the at­ten­tion of Vic­to­ria Po­lice and its Heavy Ve­hi­cle Unit.

The driver, seen wear­ing a Don­carm Trans­port polo shirt, is seen bla­tantly boast­ing about his drug-tak­ing an­tics. How­ever, the ABC has re­ported that the Vic­to­ria-based com­pany went their sep­a­rate ways months ago.

Feed­back on Owner//Driver’s web­site and Face­book page con­demned the cul­prit, most sug­gest­ing it will give fuel to those with an al­ready neg­a­tive at­ti­tude to­wards the truck in­dus­try, as well as giv­ing the au­thor­i­ties an­other ex­cuse for a new blitz.

The chair of the Aus­tralian Truck­ing Association, Ge­off Crouch, was quick to slam the driver who videoed him­self tak­ing what ap­pears to be il­le­gal sub­stances in the cab of his truck.

“This is not the truck­ing in­dus­try I know,” Crouch says.

“And I know that the 50,000 busi­nesses and 211,000 peo­ple in our in­dus­try would be united in con­demn­ing il­le­gal drug use as ap­palling, rep­re­hen­si­ble and danger­ous.”

Crouch says truck driv­ers who take drugs will be caught, along with any other driver who takes drugs.

“A rapidly grow­ing num­ber of truck­ing in­dus­try em­ploy­ers have ran­dom drug and al­co­hol test­ing, in­clud­ing my own busi­ness.

“The po­lice do more road­side drug tests ev­ery year. In fact, Aus­tralia has the most in­ten­sive road­side drug-test­ing pro­gram in the world.”

Crouch says the truck driver in the video was not typ­i­cal of the in­dus­try.

“What is typ­i­cal now are driv­ers with the skills and ded­i­ca­tion to some­day be hon­oured as our Na­tional Pro­fes­sional Driver of the Year,” he says.

The NHVR has been made aware of the video and spokesper­son An­drew Berk­man has called out the be­hav­iour.

“The be­hav­iour in the video is shock­ing and danger­ous for this driver and other road users,” Berk­man says.

“We don’t con­done this be­hav­iour and we will work with all road au­thor­i­ties to re­move this risk to road users.

“We fully sup­port po­lice agen­cies and their ef­forts to tar­get il­licit drug use and high-risk oper­a­tors.”

The Vic­to­rian Trans­port Association (ATA) branded the driver in­volved a dis­grace to the in­dus­try, say­ing he did a gross dis­ser­vice to hun­dreds of thou­sands of trans­port work­ers through­out Aus­tralia who would con­demn such be­hav­iour.

“This is the sort of thing the in­dus­try has worked hard to stamp out, and it must be re­in­forced that the over­whelm­ing ma­jor­ity of freight oper­a­tors and driv­ers re­frain from such be­hav­iour and put safety first,” VTA CEO Peter An­der­son says.

“Notwith­stand­ing the im­pact of such footage, the com­mu­nity should have ev­ery as­sur­ance that this driver is not at all rep­re­sen­ta­tive of the trans­port in­dus­try and the peo­ple it em­ploys.

“Trans­port is a skilled pro­fes­sion re­quir­ing train­ing and ed­u­ca­tion, and as an in­dus­try group we work with po­lice and other au­thor­i­ties to elim­i­nate iso­lated ex­am­ples of such disgraceful be­hav­iour.”

A clip from the ap­palling Face­book video

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