GENDER EQUALITY: Jacquelene Brotherton has always been treated equally.
GENDER EQUALITY: Jacquelene Brotherton has always been treated equally. File Photo

Collaboration to achieve goals

AS I sit at my desk reflecting on the past two weeks, my brain is inundated with the buzz words of the moment - "me too”, gender diversity, fatigue, effluent and telematics.

Anyone who reads my opinion pieces or LinkedIn posts know I am passionate about improving the industry, about driver fatigue and rest areas, about flexible driving hours and attracting the right people to our industry.

You won't find me joining the "me too” movement as I have nothing but good things to say about my former bosses and I have firm beliefs in gender equality but not quotas.

Of course, these are personal opinions and I can only have my own opinion as I have always been treated respectfully and as an equal.

There will be patronising people everywhere but they are not exclusive to one gender.

But I will join the movement for better conditions for truck drivers, for pressing for more and better facilities to manage their fatigue.

I welcome the news that EWDs will not be mandatory, I believe telematics can help improve the safety of the industry but they are not the total solution.

We need collaboration, consultation and education to achieve our goals in all areas.

We have to strive to see the other point of view to get a better understanding and we need to get the infrastructure right, and right now.

We are now repeating the catchcry from the 1990s, "we need to sing with one voice”, this is absolutely what we need to do and as we proved during the campaign to repeal the RSRT - it works.

Now I am making an appeal of my own, Transport Women Australia Limited will hold a conference in Melbourne from May 18-20 and we would love everyone to get behind it.

The theme is Creating Connections and in the spirit of collaboration, we have panellists from the Livestock, Bulk and Rural Carriers Association (NSW), Victorian Transport Association, Supply Chain Logistics Association Australia, Women in Trucking (USA) and Women in Road Transport (NZ).

We also have VicRoads and the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator joining us along with other varied and interesting speakers.

We have the national program manager for Girl Guides Australia to speak about the joint project with Transport Women Australia Ltd where the girl guides can achieve their wheels badge.

We could not do this without our Foundation Business Partners - NTI and Volvo, the major conference sponsor, Daimler, and many others who have supported us over the years and continue to do so.

We are truly grateful to all of these companies.

We hope to see you there.

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