More has to be done to prevent these tragedies
WE HAVE seen two lives lost in the past few weeks, one when a truck veered off the Logan Motorway in Queensland (pictured) and another in a head-on collision between two trucks near Wilton.
The Transport Workers Union is looking into the problems surrounding such significant accidents in our industry and we note that the governments in this country appear to still be sitting on their hands.
What are they waiting for? Another truck driver to die?
Since the accident which saw a Hari Om company truck lose control down Mount Ousley, crashing into a McDonald’s car park at Fairy Meadow in NSW, the Sydney-based trucking company involved has been issued a defect notice for every single truck in its fleet. Not only that, we are concerned about allegations made of exploitation of drivers.
We have called for investigations into the accidents and into the role played by wealthy companies which contract these transport operators.
We have called for and been supported by the likes of Senator Glenn Sterle for further investigation into the exploitation of drivers here on student visas.
As Senator Sterle recently said, more must be done now by the out-of-touch Morrison Government to prevent these accidents happening.
We know this is not an isolated incident. Cowboy operators will always run rogue in our industry and give it a bad name – not to mention continue to put lives at risk – unless the book is thrown at them.
The inadequacies of government policies are fully on show here.
We need legislation that puts responsibility and crucial accountability at every level of the supply chain.
Legislation needs to be in place that compels operators to stop cutting corners on safety – to maintain proper upkeep of vehicles, to hire experienced drivers and invest in driver training, and to comply with safety protocols like correct fatigue management and vehicle maintenance.
We want to see major companies choosing transport operators with the best practices, excellent safety standards and fair working conditions for their transport needs, not just companies with the lowest price.
All heavy vehicle accidents be investigated as workplace accidents and companies must ensure that driver safety is not at risk for short term commercial gains.