HUMBLE HERO: Silverdale Sand and Soil truck driver Brendan Gilbert   stopped to help a motorcyclist who came off his bike on the M4.
HUMBLE HERO: Silverdale Sand and Soil truck driver Brendan Gilbert stopped to help a motorcyclist who came off his bike on the M4. AAP - Angelo Velardo

Stigma attached to truckies is unfair

TRUCKIE Brendan Gilbert is a hero, there's no doubt about that.

But even though he had tried everything in his power to save the motorcyclist's life, the media assumed he was the one at fault.

Driver Andrew Wallace said the case was a perfect example of the "media stigma" attached to heavy vehicles.

"The mainstream media is fuelled by sensationalism and the ability to strike at the underdog," he said.

"The driver needs to be commended for his actions, not aggravated by media diatribe - some of these shiny pants brigade need to be a driver for a day and see the tribulations involved in driving a heavy vehicle safely."

Rowan Prince said the media didn't see what truckies did to assist.

"Who are usually the ones who help at a scene or help a person on the side of the road first? Us truckies," he said.

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