CRAZY-BUSY YEAR: Brisbane Truck Show is just one of many fantastic events that are coming up in 2019.
CRAZY-BUSY YEAR: Brisbane Truck Show is just one of many fantastic events that are coming up in 2019. Kirstin Payne

Time to focus on our safety

AS WE are past the mid-January mark, I wonder how many of us have kept our new year's resolutions so far and, for those who have, will that extend into February?

It's easy for me as I didn't make any, as I know my track record of making big promises instead of trying to slowly change my habits.

The year has started with all the depressing headlines of the repeated senseless terrorist attacks, senseless violence and clueless politicians in many places.

In Victoria, we even have the signs trying to kill us instead of just all the deadly creatures that Australia is renowned for in the eyes of potential overseas visitors.

The transport calendar is full of truck shows, International Women's Day events, conventions and conferences.

The QTA will be holding its IWD breakfast in Brisbane on March 6, followed by the joint TWAL/RFNSW IWD breakfast in Sydney on March 8.

The Livestock, Bulk and Rural Carriers NSW kick it off in February in Griffith, NSW.

They have a great program and the social events looks exciting - I am looking forward to the video of the dance-off.

The ATA Trucking Australia Together event follows this from April 3-5.

Immediately upon my return from Perth, I am flying to New Mexico to attend the International Association Refrigerated Warehouse/World Food Logistics Organisation Convention.

The Associated Country Women of the World are holding their triennial conference in Melbourne from April 4-10.

This will be an amazing event, with an expected 3000 women to attend.

The ACWW has a membership of more than nine million women from 70countries.

We have the fantastic Brisbane Truck Show to look forward to, the week including the NatRoad conference and a TWAL breakfast just two of the events planned.

It seems we are in for a crazy-busy year.

The Guidelines for the Provision of Heavy Vehicle Rest Area Facilities has beencompleted and I still need to read it in full, plus there is movement on the 3-2-1 Green Reflector program and other fatigue-related initiatives.

Any programs aimed at looking to find somewhere for our drivers to rest when they are tired, preferably in a safe environment, has to be a big improvement.

If we do this instead of concentrating on making onerous demands to force them to work to restrictive work/rest hours is a positive step to a safer industry.

Let us pray that 2019 is safer for all of us.

Big Rigs

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