ED'S NOTE: Time to help each other out
IS THERE a more divisive issue than the Transport Workers Union's safe rates campaign right now?
Michael Kaine hadn't even got his feet under the desk as new national secretary before he was copping flak from the Australian Trucking Association and NatRoad about his pet project.
There's no easy answer, or perfect solution, to cleaning up the industry's image and safety record.
But in-fighting about the best way to do it isn't going to get us where we need to go.
To my way of thinking, as a relative newbie to this industry, there has to be a compromise that will keep both camps happy. Let's hope all parties can get around the table.
Meanwhile, I take heart from the camaraderie that exists in the industry at the grassroots level.
Those kind-hearted drivers giving their time to help drought-stricken farmers are a timely reminder of what can be achieved when we all work together for a greater cause.
It was nice to see that the NSW Government finally caught on to the scale of this emergency in the outback by relaxing the red tape on the live-saving freight into these areas.
We're just not really sure why they had to wait until the mainstream media started to highlight the plight to do the decent thing in the first place.
With plenty of drivers already copping fines and hay running dangerously low, many farmers were left wondering whether this gesture was too little, too late.
On a more positive note, by the time you read this I'll either be knee deep in the action at the Great American Trucking Show in Dallas with the competition winners from the Shell Rimula 2018 Rewards Program, or back in the office putting together a wrap-up.
Either way, make sure y'all grab the next issue to see if things really are bigger (and better) in Texas.