How do we fix the short­age?

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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.”

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