Trucking executives call for police information


At least two senior trucking people have made public their desire that authorities warn them of any illegal behaviour by their drivers. The calls come in the wake of NSW authorities' actions against Lennons in that state and Scott's in South Australia.

By Rob McKay | March 9, 2012

At least two senior trucking people have made public their desire that authorities warn them of any illegal behaviour by their drivers.

The calls come in the wake of NSW authorities' actions against Lennons in that state
and Scott's in South Australia.

A top executive from one of the nation’s biggest trucking firms tells ATN, on condition of anonymity, that privacy rules in this respect hindered managers' ability to keep a tight rein on drivers.

"There is a very great desire from the transport industry for police to report all incidents to the company or operator," the executive says.

"This would greatly assist us to manage and discipline our drivers.

"It is a great pity that the odd driver cannot behave within the law and in the community’s interest.

"Sadly it does not help the industry image."

The executive’s position was backed by Border Express Director Geoff Luff, who says it would be a great help and who also urged tucking managers and owners to speak up at such difficult times for the sector.

Luff believes they should stand up for the industry when it comes under attack, given that the majority are doing the right thing.

He points out that, though it is possible for companies to get feedback on driver behaviour, it is more difficult for managers at depots or head office to oversee drivers and subcontractors who are out on the road.

"So, it’s not like you’ve got a workplace where you can keep an eye them," he says

This was particularly galling when the public assumes that trailers with certain livery are pulled by that company’s trucks.

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