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Won’t anybody think of the truck drivers?

By johnboy - 22 August 2012 33

ACT Policing has added its support to the heavy vehicle industry during Truck Week, warning of the difficulties faced by truck drivers when there is a lack of consideration by other road users.

Truck Week runs until Friday, and is promoted by the Australian Trucking Association and Trucksafe as a mean of highlighting the common issues faced by heavy vehicle drivers across the country.

Traffic Operations Sergeant Rod Anderson said that slower-accelerating, slower-braking heavy vehicles sharing the road with smaller vehicles and cyclists created the potential compatibility issues, and that it was a collective responsibility for road users to be courteous and look out for each other.

“Driving a heavy truck, particularly in slow-moving traffic, is difficult enough. When other road users dangerously cut in front when the truck is braking for a traffic light, or a car races for the inside lane when a semi-trailer is attempting a sharp turn, there’s the potential for a serious collision,” Sergeant Anderson said.

“It’s all about being a safe and a more aware road user, regardless of what you drive or ride. People should be aware that trucks need longer distances to stop, and more room to turn. And they should always be aware that if you can’t see the truck’s side mirrors, the driver can’t see you.

“From a police perspective, we view heavy vehicle drivers as generally safe and law-abiding; as professional drivers, their livelihood depends on it.”

[Courtesy ACT Policing]

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33 Responses to
Won’t anybody think of the truck drivers?
Sandman 9:57 pm 22 Aug 12

Can’t say I’m regularly inconvenienced by B doubles in this city. Sure, there are a few around but it’s not the plague of epic proportions that some of the drama queens on here are making it out to be. No doubt there would be complaints of a different nature from the same people should the b-doubles be banned and freight costs of goods go up.

Driver attitude towards larger slower vehicles in this town isn’t just limited to the big trucks either. I regularly drive a small truck and cop the same crap the big ones do.

Jethro 9:44 pm 22 Aug 12

bundah said :

Intel70 said :

bundah said :

Potential compatability issues? Well if there weren’t so many B-Double monstrosities on Canberra roads there would be far fewer actual compatability issues that drivers would be confronted with.

“B double monstrosity in Canberra”

FTFY.

But yes, all of the B double truck I encounter once a month on Canberra roads really gets my feathers up.

You need to get out more.You’ve obviously been confined in your coop for far too long.

I would suggest you need to get out more and try driving in another city. Perhaps peak hour along the Ipswich Motorway in Brisbane will give you a taste of what driving on a road heavy with B-Doubles is like. The number of B-Doubles on Canberra’s roads is miniscule.

darkmilk 9:07 pm 22 Aug 12

if you can’t see the truck’s side mirrors, the driver can’t see you

This is the 21st century … cameras and screens are a few hundred $ at most, it’s about time they were mandatory for vehicles with big blind spots like trucks – buses, vans, caravans and utes too.

helium 6:52 pm 22 Aug 12

“Driving a heavy truck, particularly in slow-moving traffic, is difficult enough”….so trukkies stop yappin on your mobile phone and drive with some responsibility and care towards other road users.

bundah 3:02 pm 22 Aug 12

How_Canberran said :

bundah said :

Potential compatability issues? Well if there weren’t so many B-Double monstrosities on Canberra roads there would be far fewer actual compatability issues that drivers would be confronted with.

C’mon bundah, there is nothing like a hugh Kenworth right up your clacker to know your’e alive!

Haha i just had a flashback to Duel (1971) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5MtAMc4i8OA.

How_Canberran 2:52 pm 22 Aug 12

bundah said :

Potential compatability issues? Well if there weren’t so many B-Double monstrosities on Canberra roads there would be far fewer actual compatability issues that drivers would be confronted with.

C’mon bundah, there is nothing like a hugh Kenworth right up your clacker to know your’e alive!

milkman 2:40 pm 22 Aug 12

If most Canberrans could actually control a car it wouldn’t be an issue.

bundah 2:14 pm 22 Aug 12

Very Busy said :

bundah said :

we DO NOT need B-Doubles in Metropolitan areas.They are excessively long and need a sh*tload more room to negotiate bends.Semi-trailers are far less of an obstacle and do the job and did so for decades.

Suck it up and get used to it princess. Move with the times. There are far more ignorant, arrogant, impatient drivers such as yourself causing issues on the roads than the odd B-double.

You need to leave a couple of minutes earlier if these things are causing you problems.

For someone who knows absolutely nothing about me your incredibly presumptuous and clueless as is evident by your reference to the ‘odd B-double’.The fact is that there are almost as many B-Doubles as Semi-Trailers on our roads so before you talk through your arse do some research dickhead.

Very Busy 1:24 pm 22 Aug 12

bundah said :

we DO NOT need B-Doubles in Metropolitan areas.They are excessively long and need a sh*tload more room to negotiate bends.Semi-trailers are far less of an obstacle and do the job and did so for decades.

Suck it up and get used to it princess. Move with the times. There are far more ignorant, arrogant, impatient drivers such as yourself causing issues on the roads than the odd B-double.

You need to leave a couple of minutes earlier if these things are causing you problems.

bundah 1:09 pm 22 Aug 12

Intel70 said :

bundah said :

Potential compatability issues? Well if there weren’t so many B-Double monstrosities on Canberra roads there would be far fewer actual compatability issues that drivers would be confronted with.

“B double monstrosity in Canberra”

FTFY.

But yes, all of the B double truck I encounter once a month on Canberra roads really gets my feathers up.

You need to get out more.You’ve obviously been confined in your coop for far too long.

Intel70 12:32 pm 22 Aug 12

bundah said :

Potential compatability issues? Well if there weren’t so many B-Double monstrosities on Canberra roads there would be far fewer actual compatability issues that drivers would be confronted with.

“B double monstrosity in Canberra”

FTFY.

But yes, all of the B double truck I encounter once a month on Canberra roads really gets my feathers up.

Keijidosha 12:28 pm 22 Aug 12

The sensible solution would be to return freight to rail. Of course that will never happen because the Government abandoned rail infrastructure long ago and the TWU would unleash hell if the trucking industry was threatened.

bundah 12:25 pm 22 Aug 12

MelonHead said :

bundah said :

Potential compatability issues? Well if there weren’t so many B-Double monstrosities on Canberra roads there would be far fewer actual compatability issues that drivers would be confronted with.

Therein lies the problem. How dare some poor bugger trying to earn a living get in the way of “me”? “I” am so important that I need get to the next red light before that stupid truck. What’s that sign on the back of the truck? “DO NOT OVERTAKE TURNING VEHICLE” This can’t apply for to me, surely not? How many times do I need to tell you how important me and my SUV really are? Just get out of my way.

Also, isn’t it great how you can all sorts of beer and wine at the shops, and out of season fruit and veg? I just love living in Canberra…mmm…. how did that stuff get on the shelves? Who knows?

DISCLAIMER: I am not affiliated with any transport company, just an observer of the everyday mayhem that is Canberra’s own fiercely fought selfishness competition, otherwise known as commuting by road.

There’s no question trucks are an essential part of freight but we DO NOT need B-Doubles in Metropolitan areas.They are excessively long and need a sh*tload more room to negotiate bends.Semi-trailers are far less of an obstacle and do the job and did so for decades.

The cops say that heavy vehicle drivers are generally safe and law abiding.The number of times i have witnessed Dog Trailers and Cement trucks roaring around Canberra roads doing anywhere from 10-30 kph above the speed limit and running red lights most people would find unbelievable.Yes i am on the roads often.

MelonHead 11:57 am 22 Aug 12

bundah said :

Potential compatability issues? Well if there weren’t so many B-Double monstrosities on Canberra roads there would be far fewer actual compatability issues that drivers would be confronted with.

Therein lies the problem. How dare some poor bugger trying to earn a living get in the way of “me”? “I” am so important that I need get to the next red light before that stupid truck. What’s that sign on the back of the truck? “DO NOT OVERTAKE TURNING VEHICLE” This can’t apply for to me, surely not? How many times do I need to tell you how important me and my SUV really are? Just get out of my way.

Also, isn’t it great how you can all sorts of beer and wine at the shops, and out of season fruit and veg? I just love living in Canberra…mmm…. how did that stuff get on the shelves? Who knows?

DISCLAIMER: I am not affiliated with any transport company, just an observer of the everyday mayhem that is Canberra’s own fiercely fought selfishness competition, otherwise known as commuting by road.

bundah 11:24 am 22 Aug 12

Potential compatability issues? Well if there weren’t so many B-Double monstrosities on Canberra roads there would be far fewer actual compatability issues that drivers would be confronted with.

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