Cart be­fore horse … again

Owner Driver - - Your Say -

How many towns do you drive through where there’s nowhere to pull up? Can’t use the pub­lic toi­lets be­cause they don’t have any­where near to stop. Can’t get a feed. Can’t get near a su­per­mar­ket. Some put up bol­lards, some plant trees, some put up ‘no stand­ing’ signs.

Since I’ve stopped do­ing two-up and started run­ning around solo with the tanker, it’s amazed me how bad it’s got­ten. Old road houses known and loved have closed. It’s plas­tic food if you’re lucky and the same goes for park­ing! Then you see this. Full steam ahead with the elec­tronic work di­ary (EWD)!

I pulled into the Cal­tex at War­wick last week. Nowhere to park. Car­a­vans in the truck park­ing area. I did a lap but ended up driv­ing off. Now they want elec­tronic log books. There are huge is­sues that need to be ad­dressed with park­ing and ac­cess. But they’ll put the cart be­fore the horse again! The pow­ers that be are com­mit­ted to their cause. The days where high lev­els of un­war­ranted stress will be caused be­cause some­one is about to run out of time with nowhere to safety park or get a half a pay fine are on the way.

Truth­fully I have no gripe with the idea of EWDs. We will go down that track and that’s fine, but what about our health and safety? We de­serve safe rest ar­eas that are prop­erly ser­viced and main­tained. It’s get­ting harder and harder to be com­pletely com­pli­ant. They squeeze tighter and tighter, the poor bloke be­hind the wheel is the one who gets ham­mered all the time. At least that’s the way it seems to me. And they won­der why peo­ple don’t want to work in this in­dus­try.

Mike Wil­liams, NSW

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