TOP TRUCKIE: While his exact itinerary is yet to be finalised, Des Bailey expects to meet with local politicians along the way
TOP TRUCKIE: While his exact itinerary is yet to be finalised, Des Bailey expects to meet with local politicians along the way

Long haul for safety awareness

By EMMA CORNFORD

WHEN Clarence Valley truck driver Des Bailey hits the open road next week, he won't be hauling his usual load of bricks, pavers or telegraph poles.

Instead, he will be promoting road safety on behalf of the trucking industry as he drives from the Tarcutta Truck Drivers' Memorial Service today, via Sydney to the Tamworth Truck Drivers' Memorial on October 29.

Mr Bailey, who is employed by Blanchard Haulage in Grafton, was awarded National Professional Driver of the Year in April and said he was looking forward to spreading the word of good driving practices.

"It will be good to get out and show off the industry and those who do the right thing," Mr Bailey said.

He said one issue that concerned him was the marking of speed limits along the highway.

"I think there should be a national colour-coded marking system adopted so that even if you can't see a sign because it's been knocked down or something, you still know what the limit is," he said.

"There's so many different speed limits and you often just don't know where you are these days."

Blanchard Haulage CEO Robert Blanchard said Mr Bailey's journey would help highlight the number of good drivers in the industry.

"I think it will help drivers of smaller vehicles to be more aware of safety around heavy vehicles," he said.

"We're trying to promote the industry ... and get people to realise not all truck drivers are terrible and not to tar them all with the same brush."



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