Australia's driving force
TRUCKS are the red blood cells of our nation; on every Australian road, in every city and town, trucks deliver the staples of life.
While it may be an industry that many of us take for granted, or even openly criticise, many contemporary heavy vehicle and haulage operators would like the community to understand that much has changed over the years, and that the trucking industry of today is both a professional and vitally important industry, sharing concerns about road safety with the community at large.
This week, the Australian Trucking Association (ATA) is inviting truck operators and the community to get involved in the first ever Truck Week.
In Grafton, Robert Blanchard, CEO of Herb Blanchard Haulage said that one of the key aims of Truck Week is to promote the importance of the trucking industry to Australia.
“Trucks are an essential part of the Australian way of life and will remain so into the future. Over 75 per cent of Australia’s freight task is carried by trucks and that percentage is expected to grow in the next 20 years,” Mr Blanchard said.
“The trucking industry hopes to show the community that we are both professional and focused on safety.
“Truck drivers have the same wish as every road user – to get home safely.”
Safety is a crucial issue for the Australian trucking industry and its professional drivers, who share their workplace with thousands of motorists every day.
The number of fatal acci-dents involving articulated trucks has fallen dramatically since the ATA was established, but there is always more to be done.
Blanchard Haulage will be holding an inspection and information afternoon at their depot, 373 Fry Street, on Saturday, February 27 from 3pm to 5pm where trucks will be on display and staff will be available to discuss issues relating to heavy vehicles.