Fix this first, and then we can talk
UNTIL we have better driver education and the road infrastructure is improved, what is the point of trying to fix other issues?
That's the view of driver Lionel Cook, who responded to a column written by Queensland Trucking Association boss Gary Mahon about it being time for "safe and efficient multi-combinations to be given their chance to make this country competitive and not be languishing at 19th in the world”.
"When I came off the highway five years ago, it was hard enough finding a decent rest area on the Hume and Pacific highways for a B-double. You can put up as many truck parking only signs as you like. Cars with caravans will still park in them. Then you have the disproportional pay, truck operator makes say 30 per cent more revenue from a larger vehicle, but the driver might make 2% more for his trouble,” he said.