Stigma at­tached to truck­ies is un­fair


TRUCKIE Bren­dan Gil­bert is a hero, there’s no doubt about that.

But even though he had tried ev­ery­thing in his power to save the mo­tor­cy­clist’s life, the me­dia as­sumed he was the one at fault.

Driver An­drew Wal­lace said the case was a per­fect ex­am­ple of the “me­dia stigma” at­tached to heavy ve­hi­cles.

“The main­stream me­dia is fu­elled by sen­sa­tion­al­ism and the abil­ity to strike at the un­der­dog,” he said.

“The driver needs to be com­mended for his ac­tions, not ag­gra­vated by me­dia di­a­tribe – some of these shiny pants bri­gade need to be a driver for a day and see the tribu­la­tions in­volved in driv­ing a heavy ve­hi­cle safely.”

Rowan Prince said the me­dia didn’t see what truck­ies did to as­sist.

“Who are usu­ally the ones who help at a scene or help a per­son on the side of the road first? Us truck­ies,” he said.

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