Truckie day here to stay

Huge wave of sup­port for promo

Big Rigs - - NEWS - Alf Wil­son

OR­GAN­ISER Doug Kirby de­scribed the sec­ond na­tional “Wave at a Truckie Day” on Novem­ber 22 as an over­all suc­cess, with about 80 per cent of the feed­back be­ing pos­i­tive.

“The feed­back I re­ceived was that it is a pos­i­tive thing for truck driv­ers and I plan to do this each and ev­ery year in the fu­ture and make it even big­ger next time,” Mr Kirby told Big Rigs.

That feed­back has come from ev­ery state and the North­ern Ter­ri­tory.

“It has been across the board the feed­back,” he said.

Mr Kirby is based in south­ern Queens­land and said ra­dio sta­tion River 94.9FM gave the event great cov­er­age, in­clud­ing tak­ing calls from lis­ten­ers.

“That was won­der­ful and one woman phoned up cry­ing,” he said.

“My­self, I have had noth­ing but waves to­day and I’ve had a fair few cars blow­ing horns and wav­ing.”

The Gold Coast truckie has been in the in­dus­try for 16 years and had some stern words for the 20 per cent of peo­ple who gave neg­a­tive feed­back.

“Stop all the neg­a­tiv­ity and em­brace one day a year when we wave at a truckie,” he said.

“This is a feel-good day... we have spe­cial recog­ni­tion days like Mother’s Day, Fa­ther’s Day, Easter and Christ­mas and we should have one for truck­ies.”

Mr Kirby said truck driv­ers were in the tough­est and of­ten most dan­ger­ous in­dus­try in the coun­try.

“To the knock­ers I say that just about ev­ery­thing we need in daily life is de­liv­ered by trucks,” he said.

One theme of the day Mr Kirby wanted to high­light was that “mate should look af­ter mate”.

“That is not al­ways the case and I think we should wave to a truckie ev­ery day of the year,” he said.

Big Rigs spoke to sev­eral driv­ers about the day.

Dale Lyons drove the 700km stretch of the Bruce High­way from Rock­hamp­ton to Townsville and said he re­ceived nu­mer­ous waves.

“I waved back and al­ways do and I think it is a good thing,” he said.

Mr Kirby en­cour­aged peo­ple to com­ment on the day through Big Rigs and so­cial me­dia.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

SAY G’DAY: Doug Kirby plans to do Wave at a Truckie Day ev­ery year, such was its suc­cess.

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