Cart before horse … again
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