LETTER OF THE WEEK: Educating car drivers

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Generic truck, stock truck photo, truck photo, truck Kirstin Payne

THE car drivers need educating on how to drive on our roads with heavy transport.

Most car drivers have no idea what to do; whether it is with body truck big or small, semis, b-doubles, or road trains.

It is worse in the cities but in the country towns most seem to have some idea.

For example, Robyn Bailey on the morning radio in Brisbane a while back was talking to a truck driver between Brisbane and the Gold Coast and had a semi coming up either side of her and was afraid she'd be run over.

She had no idea, and she would be in her late 30s early 40s.

A better education is required to save lives.

If there is someone killed on the roads the police are trained to look around and blame the nearest truck driver.

If it is a "big" ute it is called a truck; many reporters don't know the difference.

I rang the transport department about registering my trailer and for 10 minutes I was on hold with the repeated message about giving bike riders a meter.

All the paperwork I receive from the department repeats the same message.

Give bike riders a meter.

When I finally got a real person on the phone I asked why there was so much information for bikes/bike riders, and nothing on truck drivers and heavy transport.

Her response was that it was decided at a monthly meeting.

I suggested at the next meeting they educate the public on driving with heavy transport.

Educating the public about this subject will save lives.

The transport department left a message on my phone for me to ring the NVHR because they handle all the advertising for the transport industry.

The NVHR knows nothing about it.

We need people around from the transport industry and retired drivers who have got a bit of an idea of what is going on in the real world.

I have been driving trucks on the road professionally since I was 17 years old.

I was driving trucks and machinery before that.

It has been my life for over 50 years.

Back in the day when a driver changed gears, changed his own tyres, and got himself home in trip.

I've carted livestock, produce, general, heavy machinery, road trains to heavy floats.


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