Silverdale Sand & Soil driver’s conduct honoured


Brendon Gilbert newest highway guardian after aiding stricken motorcyclist

Silverdale Sand & Soil driver’s conduct honoured
Brendon Gilbert

 

The Australian Trucking Association (ATA) has named Silverdale Sand & Soil’s Brendon Gilbert as the newest Bridgestone Bandag Highway Guardian for coming to the aid of a motorcyclist who had a medical episode on one of Sydney’s busiest corridors.

And, as the association explains, the driver and industry had to overcome adverse social media reaction following incorrect reporting of the incident at the time.

Gilbert was travelling on the M4 behind the rider, who began to hang off his bike and then fall to the ground.

Gilbert took prompt action, braking suddenly to bring his fully loaded truck to a halt in order to come to the collapsed rider’s aid alongside another motorist until paramedics arrived.

ATA chair Geoff Crouch says Gilbert’s actions are another demonstration of truck drivers’ skill despite the challenges they face on the road.

"Brendon Gilbert’s story is another example of the incredible skills Australian truck drivers have, as well as the vigilance and attention to what is going on around them, and we are delighted to present him with the Bridgestone Bandag Highway Guardian accolade," Crouch says.

"His story is also another example of the public scrutiny our industry is put under when a truck appears to be involved in an incident."

While Gilbert and his fellow motorist were performing CPR on the rider, incorrect reports emerged that a truck had collided with a motorcyclist – fuelling social media commentary on the accident.

"This misrepresentation portrayed our industry in a negative light when in actual fact, as demonstrated by Brendon, safety is such a huge emphasis for transport business and their drivers," Crouch says.

"The Bridgestone Bandag Highway Guardian recognises incredible efforts of very worthy individuals in our industry, such as Mr Gilbert, who go above and beyond. The accolade highlights the instances when our industry’s commitment to safety is essential"


McColl's driver Brett Hood was the most recent guardian to be honoured. Read his story here


According to Bridgestone Australia & New Zealand managing director Stephen Roche, all motorists can learn from Gilbert’s experience.

"We’re are pleased to see Brendon Gilbert named as a Bridgestone Bandag Highway Guardian. His quick action prevented what could have been a very different result for the rider," Roche says.

"Bridgestone and Bandag support this Australian Trucking Association award because of a shared emphasis on safety, and Mr Gilbert is a strong example of how safe driving prevented an accident – with him being aware of what was going on around him and preparing to react if needed.

"Congratulations Brendon on becoming a Bridgestone Bandag Highway Guardian."

 

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