Northern Star editor Russell Eldridge, left, moderates the meeting as members of the audience throw questions at truck driver G
Northern Star editor Russell Eldridge, left, moderates the meeting as members of the audience throw questions at truck driver G

Leave us out of it: truckies

By CRAIG McTEAR

GRAEME Nicholson is fed up with truckies copping a battering in the debate over Pacific Highway upgrades.

"I'm sick of people bashing trucks and truck drivers," the Maclean-based trucking operator told yesterday's Pacific Highway forum in Grafton.

"It's ridiculous.

"With trucks, you've got to learn to live with them.

"Leave B-doubles and trucks out of the argument. We're not the trouble."

Mr Nicholson said he supported an upgraded Pacific Highway, but it was up to the Roads and Traffic Authority and the community to determine the routes.

As for calls for heavy vehicles to move off the Pacific Highway and onto the New England Highway, Mr Nicholson said his firm did not use the inland route because it was 'not economical'.

"You can't change drivers and it's a longer trip," he said.

"It's not fair to expect drivers to move. My drivers have got every right to live where they want to."

He also said rail was not the answer either because that form of transport had reached product 'saturation point'.

"You can't fit any more on rail," he said.

"And if it goes on rail, you won't get it until next week.

"Woolworths and Coles demand we put stuff on B-doubles because they get a cheaper rate."



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