How do we get the public to understand?
"WITHOUT the trucking industry, they would have no food on their table or even have the table, no car or petrol for the car, no roof over their heads and no bed to sleep in.”
Transport Women Australia chair Jacquelene Brotherton was fed up in her last Big Rigs column, asking "how do we get this through to the populace that rely on our services?”
Well, according to Big Rigs Facebook page's top contributor Stelios Papoutsidis, "they simply don't care, and never will”.
"Out of sight, out of mind, even with the big vehicles we all drive, they just see an inconvenience on their way to wherever they are going,” he said.
"Without the industry taking huge, loud, disruptive, public action, nothing is ever going to change, and I mean loud, and very disruptive, like in Brazil where they nearly crippled the country's economy in less than a month.”
Suzanne Woods said it sometimes seemed like "you're bashing your head against a brick wall”.
"I grew up around trucks and I just love them but so many people are convinced that they are a danger to other road users and will never be convinced otherwise. Personally I feel safer sharing the highway with truckies than I do driving around cities.”