UNSUNG HEROES: The ladies of PACCAR Parts, Bayswater Distribution Centre, did their bit for International Women's Day by starring in a commemorative parts catalogue.
UNSUNG HEROES: The ladies of PACCAR Parts, Bayswater Distribution Centre, did their bit for International Women's Day by starring in a commemorative parts catalogue. Alistair Fletcher

Women deserve recognition

WHAT a turbulent couple of weeks it has been.

Just when you think that we might be settling into a little time with the spotlight off us, we have the tragedy of the young driver killed when he has left the road and fallen between the two overpasses, the tanker exploding near Barcaldine where the driver had a lucky escape and the B-double of cattle rolling over after being sideswiped by a 4WD towing a caravan.

In the latter instance, witnesses came forward to give the correct story to the police and media. How welcome is that for the industry.

Then we have the dangerous and horrifying behaviour of a driver of a subcontractor of a major transport company allegedly drunk and under the influence of illicit drugs.

The positive response from police and the immediate reaction from the prime contractor went a long way to negate the potential PR disaster.

This is an instance that clearly shows how someone in your supply chain can have a huge impact on your business, and your quick reaction is paramount.

We have had the spotlight shone on the various government bodies who narrow their focus on their own little patch of turf without taking into account all the other laws of the country or state.

How they can make these judgements that affect our industry and which are much to the detriment of the operators who are trying to do the right thing by weeding out the recalcitrant element still not prepared to play by the rules, is ludicrous.

Surely there must be some interaction between these bureaucracies.

I had the good fortune to attend one of the NHVR Safety Management Systems Information Sessions this week and how refreshing it is to have a regulator that is there to educate, assist and inform before trying to beat us with a big stick.

They have done everything they can to make the information available and easy to understand. Well done to them.

During these few weeks there has been much focus on International Women's Day and the role women play in our industry.

Women have been playing an enormous role in the industry for decades and it is wonderful to see that the recognition is finally coming to those who deserve it. I hope that it encourages many more to follow in their footsteps.

We should be proud of the industry we work in and not get dismayed by the very small percentage who do the wrong thing and get all the attention.

The authorities are very aware that those not adhering to the rules are in a minority and will be gone eventually.

It cannot come soon enough for the rest of us.

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