Trucks need new image
IN the spirit of the inaugural TruckWeek, Graham Buchner held a seminar to help improve the image in the public about what trucking industry is really all about.
Local transport operators, representatives from Queensland Trucking Association (QTA), the Trust – support and understanding for today’s truckies, TAFE College, Warwick and District Road Safety Advisory committee and schools got together to discuss truck safety, the importance of the industry and career opportunities.
“I am very interested in road safety and I wanted to get information out there about sharing the roads with trucks,” Mr Buchner said.
“We want people to understand how important trucking is and people to be aware of how to drive safely so there are no more fatalities.”
QTA Membership liaison officer Jan Pattison said the idea of TruckWeek was to get the information out into the community and show the importance of the industry.
“Nearly everything you touched today probably would have been on a truck at some stage to get where it is,” Ms Pattison said.
Recent statistics show that the number of trucks on the road and the amount of kilometres travelled had increased by 19 per cent and the amount of fatalities involving trucks has decreased by 12 per cent.
“We are getting safer in what we were doing,” Ms Pattison said.
Plenty of questions were asked about educating the public on driving safely on the road around heavy vehicles and Ms Pattison said QTA was working with Queensland Transport to improve driver education.
Frasers workshop manager Mark Collins has been involved with the industry for 25 years and said it comes down to truck awareness.