NSW trucking association takes swipe at trucking stereotype

By: Jason Whittaker


The Australian Trucking Association of NSW (ATA NSW) is concerned over the public lack of understanding for the thousands of

The Australian Trucking Association of NSW (ATA NSW) is concerned over the public lack of understanding for the thousands of trucks on the road.

"When there is a truck accident or an incident on our roads, the media report it as if trucks arethe root of all evil. This is simply not true," ATA NSW Manager Jill Lewis says.

"Seventy five percent of all domestic freight is carried by road transport and overall the number of problems is very minor.

"I stress that even one accident is one too many but the number of fatal crashes involving trucks has fallen dramatically."

Lewis says the industry will continue to work with governments to reduce the number of
accidents even further.

"ATA NSW calls on the NSW Government to work closely with us and to ensure that all aspects of transport are of the highest possible standard to deliver goods safely, economically and efficiently to the people of NSW," she says.

"We also request that people in cars take a little time to consider what we would do without the vital road transport industry.

"We all rely on deliveries of one sort or another and without trucks we would be stranded for even the most basic of supplies, like food, medicines and building materials."

Lewis also stressed the answer to congestion on the road is not a simple one.

"Either we have more roads, a better road/highway system, or maybe the simple solution is that we all take the Aussie approach of having more consideration for our fellow road users and drivers," she says.

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