In­dus­try choices

Owner Driver - - Your Say -

I read with in­ter­est in the March edi­tion of Owner//Driver, and other places, that man­u­fac­tur­ers and some trans­port com­pa­nies want to put more tech­nol­ogy in all trucks. Maybe some of that money would be bet­ter spent on their driv­ers. Their choice.

Driv­ers put them­selves un­der long hours of gru­elling work and pres­sure, then go home at the week­end and talk to their fam­i­lies about whether they have made enough money, whether the fam­ily is happy and all is well. Same with owner-driv­ers, who have to see if they have made enough money not just for fam­ily wel­fare but also to cover fuel, tyres, truck pay­ments etc. Driver’s choice.

I was never a fan of the Trans­port Work­ers Union but af­ter 40 years in the in­dus­try I feel they are be­com­ing more in­volved and pre­pared to work for all driv­ers in all fields. It’s clear many driv­ers would ben­e­fit from some­body that knows how to back us up and de­liver a good out­come. Driver’s choice.

Just a thought – wouldn’t it be healthy for a driver to feel they also have the back­ing of the Roads & Mar­itime Ser­vices, po­lice, me­dia etc? Their choice!

Er­rol Leahy

(Semi-re­tired driver)

Can­berra, ACT

“We need bet­ter driver and road safety ed­u­ca­tion at the sec­ondary school level.”

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