Truck drivers talk about the apprenticeship idea.
Truck drivers talk about the apprenticeship idea. Kirstin Payne

What you think of truck driving apprenticeships

KEITH Morrell believes a trucking apprenticeship would raise the level of respect the public had for the industry.

His comments came after Big Rigs published a letter to the editor written by Roger Pearson on his thoughts on the subject of truck driver apprenticeships.

"It helps the young ones get into the industry,” he said.

"It would also put a stop to the inexperienced imports going straight from the plane into a truck. It's a much better option than a mentoring program.”

Pete Brown said he remembered when the idea was tried in the 1960s.

"Hopefully it will take off this time around,” he said.

John Eason, who just got his HC licence after being around trucks all of his life, said the idea was a good one.

"They need good driver trainers who know what they are doing and talking about like (when it comes to) splitting the gears. It should have been done from the get go, not when you're about to take your test. But it's a good idea I say.”

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