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
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