How do we fix the shortage?
SHOULD they win the next state election, the Victorian Government has proposed a way to fix the driver shortage issue – $4 million in funding for training new drivers.
But what do those in the industry think?
Steve Terry suggested treating truck driving like any other trade.
“Training should be workplace based over a two, three or four year period, with some TAFE training along the way. Surely that’s the best training method. For individuals and the industry as a whole.”
Jason Kemp was a fan of apprenticeships.
“Transport based, not classroom,” he said.
Robin David Brown thought the industry needed to take a hard look at itself.
“If the industry didn’t keep f--king good drivers over and the collar-andtie-know-it-all didn’t keep making it impossible to do our jobs safely, there wouldn’t be a shortage of drivers. Who in their right mind would want the stress drivers put up with every day?”
Gary Davis, a driver with 40 years experience, said “nothing has changed in 40 years”.
“The problems we had back then, we still have now. We need people who are in positions of power who have done the job and know its shortfalls and can use their own experience to deliver a good industry outcome, not some pencil-pushing pollie who has a uni degree. The day transport died in this country was when those types of people took over and became transport managers. We lost a lot of experienced drivers who got passed over for those positions in favour of classroom clowns.”