Shar­ing your sto­ries can help change law

Big Rigs - - EDITORIAL OPINION - EDI­TOR JAMES GRA­HAM james.gra­ham@bi­

THE truck­ing in­dus­try loves a good jun­ket.

Hamil­ton Is­land one week, Noosa the next. Nice lark if you can get it, right?

As one caller rightly re­minded me this week, our re­ports on these ‘glam’ events can be tough to swal­low when you’re the one out on the road strug­gling for ev­ery cent that you get. And he’s right. We need to re­mem­ber who our core read­ers are and we need to do bet­ter.

We’ll still re­port on the con­fer­ences and sum­mits – these are the places where the news hap­pens – but we need to fil­ter them through your eyes.

How does it im­pact on you? How are these changes and re­forms go­ing to im­pact on the bot­tom line for you each week?

We’ve al­ready seen how shar­ing your sto­ries can fa­cil­i­tate change at the top.

Look at how quickly the pol­lies scrapped the ridicu­lous re­stric­tions on hay run­ners the mo­ment the gen­eral me­dia got a sniff of their plight.

So keep those calls and emails com­ing to edi­tor@ bi­ and let us know what you want us to ask on your be­half.

I’m rel­a­tively new this in­dus­try but an old hand at the me­dia game, and I do know that your sto­ries will reach the right peo­ple if we work to­gether and get the right mes­sages across.

Watch out too for a new le­gal col­umn. We also field plenty of calls from driv­ers stuck in a jam but who do not have the re­sources for an­swers. Hope­fully this will help an­swer a lot of your ques­tions.

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