THE Victorian Transport Association (VTA) is urging all Victorian road users to consider the way they interact with heavy vehicles.
VTA CEO Peter Anderson yesterday joined John Merritt, Chief Executive VicRoads and Neville Taylor, Acting Assistant Police Commissioner on 3AWs Neil Mitchell program. The segment focused on the important role that heavy vehicles play in society and the need for all motorists to interact safely with trucks on the road.
Mr Anderson said that Victoria is the nation's freight and logistics hub, with Melbourne being home to Australia's busiest container port, and with that obviously comes the movement of trucks, particularly around the port precincts.
"Trucks are responsible for the delivery of everyday essential items to our warehouses, supermarkets and stores," he said.
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"Without heavy vehicles we wouldn't be able to live our lives the way we do. The transport industry benefits all of society.
"Currently, road vehicles carry an estimated 84% of Victoria's total land freight task so the chances of motorists encountering heavy vehicles on the roads is extremely high.
"As an industry body we expect truck drivers to be considerate of other road users and we urge the community to inform the relevant authorities if they witness unlawful behaviour; however we are seeing increased instances of poor decisions and risk taking from car drivers when mixing with trucks on the road.
"The feedback we are receiving from member companies is that drivers are concerned with how motorists are interacting with them on the road.
"Motorists need to understand that trucks need additional braking space, have a blind spot to the left and accelerate slowly from a standing start.
"In many instances drivers and the dash cams installed in many heavy vehicles are capturing motorists cutting too close in front of trucks when entering the road or changing lanes.
"This can be extremely dangerous and what the VTA urges society to understand is the distance it takes a truck to come to a stop; it is a much greater distance than that of a car due to the sheer size and weight of these heavy vehicles.
"The VTA appreciates that interacting with heavy vehicles on the road can be daunting, but there is no reason why heavy vehicles and other motorists can not share the road safely and efficiently.
"With the freight task set to double by the year 2020, it is vital that all motorists are considerate of heavy vehicles and the vital role they play in society when interacting with them on the road."
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