South West truck drivers call for caution on roads

Sharing the road: Qube health and safety advisor Deb Symonds and Doug Lalon encourage South West drivers to be more aware of heavy vehicles when driving.
Sharing the road: Qube health and safety advisor Deb Symonds and Doug Lalon encourage South West drivers to be more aware of heavy vehicles when driving.

South West truck drivers across the region are lending their voices to a new campaign calling for increased awareness from all road users when sharing the road with heavy vehicles.

Industry Road Safety Alliance members Qube and Bis Industries have heavy vehicles transporting goods around the South West every day of the year, and their drivers were happy to talk about their experiences in sharing the roads and their workplace with other drivers.

Bis heavy vehicle operator Tim Banks said trucks needed more space than cars when entering highways.

"If you see a truck waiting, please put your indicator on and move into the right lane," he said.

"It takes no extra time out of your day, and it makes our job much easier."

Qube driver Bradley Agius said he wanted drivers to be more aware of the size of heavy vehicles, how much time they needed to stop and how much room they needed to change lanes.

"There's quite a bit of difference in the vehicle I'm driving, compared to the vehicle you're driving," he said.

"If there's no room in front, emergency braking is a lot harder, so, please give me some room."

In a 2017 review of more than 600 serious truck crash incidents, National Transport Insurance found that in collisions involving fatalities, the truck was not at fault on 93 per cent of occasions.

More than half of major crash incidents occurred during 8am and 5pm when the roads were the busiest.

The report also found there was little or no emphasis on sharing the road safely with heavy vehicles in driver education or license assessments for new drivers across Australia.

Increased stopping distances for heavy vehicles, blind spots and challenges in maneuverability are just some of the issues truck drivers want road users to be more aware of.

Qube health and safety advisor Deb Symonds said she wanted drivers to be particularly aware of heavy vehicles over the busy Easter break.

"We've all got our reasons for being on the road," she said.

"You're out on the road in your caravan, I'm trying to do my job, so let's all just be courteous and share the road."

For more visit industryroadsafety.com.au.