Law mak­ers are out of touch

Big Rigs - - READER CORNER -

JUST goes to show how out of touch the law mak­ers and politi­cians are with the most im­por­tant in­dus­try in this coun­try.

You can’t teach safety to those that choose not to learn.

As for the driver short­age, have a look at what you put driv­ers through now and think about it.

Fa­tigue laws that are not flex­i­ble or al­low for driv­ers or oper­a­tion staff to plan jobs and trips safely or al­low driv­ers the flex­i­bil­ity to drive when they feel com­fort­able in driv­ing and not chanc­ing the book or cam­era times so they do screw not just their day up but the week for both driver and bosses.

Then once we got all that sorted there’s the poor ex­cuse from the in­for­mant mobs about a de­fect or pa­per­work is­sue that is nowhere near safety re­lated.

Then they want to push elec­tronic work diaries on us driv­ers.

Well, ev­ery other so-called safety-re­lated mea­sure they have pushed upon the hum­ble driver to live by is still caus­ing safety-re­lated is­sues.

So from my point of view, if you want more good-qual­ity driv­ers in this in­dus­try it’s time to act on what the driv­ers want, not the TWU or Toll or Lin­fox or a politi­cian’s gut feel­ing.

Ask the men or women who have just done a full day in the truck, un­loaded and reloaded and still got a 10 hour run in front of them to do it all again to­mor­row.

Ask those guys. — Ben Gunn

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