THIS IS NOT US
The Chair of the Australian Trucking Association, Geoff Crouch, has joined the long list of organisations slamming the Victorian truck driver who videoed himself taking what appear to be drugs in the cab of his truck. The National Heavy Vehicle Regulator also condemned this drivers actions in a statement released following the story generating national media attention on the 27/07/2018.
“This is not the trucking industry I know,” Mr Crouch said.
“And I know that the 50,000 businesses and 211,000 people in our industry would be united in condemning illegal drug use as appalling, reprehensible and dangerous.
“There is no excuse of taking illegal drugs. None.”
Mr Crouch said that truck drivers who take drugs will be caught, along with any other driver who takes drugs.
“A rapidly growing number of trucking industry employers have random drug and alcohol testing, including my own business. The police do more roadside drug tests every year. In fact, Australia has the most intensive roadside drug-testing program in the world.”
Mr Crouch said the truck driver in the video was not typical of the industry.
“What is typical now are drivers with the skills and dedication to someday be honoured as our National Professional Driver of the Year,” he said.
“This year’s National Professional Driver of the Year, Barry Fitzgerald, has driven three million kilometres in the last 25 years without a single ticket or serious incident. The two finalists, Bernard Forssman and Mark Waddington, have outstanding driving records of their own.
“These drivers represent the best our industry has to offer. They do a skilled job, an essential job and do it well,” he said.
As one of the comments on Facebook so aptly put it, “2 steps forward and 3 steps back”.
This kind of lunacy does nothing to enhance the public perception of our industry or the hard working, dedicated people in it, but continues to degrade our image even further. It is definitely not representative of the vast majority of professional operators doing their best every day and night.