Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Truck danger

It's been a while since I had a rant on here about the need to get trucks off our roads. That's because it's been a while since I drove on a freeway or main highway and so I haven't been endangered by dangerous truck drivers.

But they're back in the news again with the release of figures from NSW police.

In spite of the well-publicised blitz against them some eighteen months ago, companies  and truckies are still breaking the law - and endangering other road users - by tampering with the speed limiters.

Sydney Morning Herald reports that of 7,474 trucks recently inspected by authorities, 245 had non-compliant speed limiters. And in an operation on the M5 motorway in April, tampering was as high as twenty-five per cent of trucks checked.

The article includes the experience of  Geoff and Joan Dartnell, almost killed by a truck driver.

Mr Dartnell overtook a huge B-double truck which, he says, then sped up and clipped him from behind, sending his car spinning out of control and off the road. You can draw your own conclusions from that. Crash investigators found that the truck's speed limiter was set above the legal limit.

Last week an operation on the M7 motorway revealed 184 defects in 56 trucks. The day previously, Bobbins Transport in NSW was raided and their sixty vehicle fleet was grounded as part of an investigation into speeding and drug use.

The crackdown that's been going for just over a year has seen 61,520 infringement notices issued and over 1,000 criminal ' chain of responsibility'  charges against four companies.

There's still talk about ' rogue operators'  but it's much more widespread than that, as motorists and th3e figures can testify.

There really is only one answer to the problem, get the bloody things off the roads.

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