Trucking industry calls on all road users to act responsibly over Easter

By: Greg Worrall

With more trucks expected to be operating over the long weekend, the transport industry is calling on all road users

With more trucks expected to be operating over the long weekend, the transport industry is calling on all road users – not just truck drivers – to do their part to reduce the risk of fatalities over Easter.

While the trucking industry inevitably finds itself scrutinised even more during holiday periods, Australian Trucking Association (ATA) Stuart St Clair says other motorists must take responsibility while sharing the road with heavy vehicles.

There will be a significant increase in traffic over the weekend as commuters look to get away while trucking operators work to meet increasing supply demands that come with the holiday period.

St Clair says all drivers need to ensure they take mandatory rest stops and follow fatigue management regulations.

"The trucking industry never rests, particularly over busy holiday periods," St Clair says.

"Australians still need to get their cereal on the breakfast table every morning and our hard working drivers need to be able to get their freight delivered on time – but safely."

And with Queensland’s heavy vehicle road toll rising to record levels, the state’s Transport Workers Union branch secretary Hughie Williams says drivers need to ensure they are doing everything possible to meet demands in a safe manner.

"Truck drivers also need to play their part this Easter and not drive illegal hours, or fatigued, as deadlines aren’t worth it," he says.

Queensland’s heavy vehicle fatalities currently sit at 26 – 17 more than the same time last year.

In order to avoid pushing the death rate even higher, Williams says motorists must drive carefully when overtaking trucks, and must not slam on brakes while in front of them.

St Clair sees the weekend as a chance for the industry to promote the importance it places of safe driving practices.

"I have faith that the truck drivers of Australia will lead by example this Easter," he says.

"They must remember that their professionalism is on show as they share the road with young drivers, holiday makers and grey nomads."

Williams says the TWU will be working with police to campaign for a fatality-free Easter.

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