Truckies in imminent danger
THE Bruce Highway is the workplace of truck drivers.
Truck drivers spend their working life on the road and workplace health and safety conditions should be the same for them as any other worker.
The difference is their workplace isn’t safe and it isn’t getting any better.
Truck driver Kimm Taylor said the Bruce Highway was in a shocking condition.
“There are too many accidents,” Mr Taylor said.
Mr Taylor drives from Brisbane to Rockhampton and back twice a week and said the Gin Gin to Miriam Vale stretch of the Bruce Highway was the worst.
“The road needs to be wider and it is not designed for the volume of traffic that use it,” he said.
Mr Taylor said holiday times were the worst.
“We need four lanes all the way or we need more overtaking lanes.”
“The surface of the road is too soft and it takes only a little bit of rain to wash it away,” the driver of 27 years said.
The veteran truck driver said Queensland roads were notorious among truckies and Mr Taylor knows more than anyone just how bad they are.
Mr Taylor wife and two sons were killed in a car accident on the Warrego Highway in April.
Federal Member for Flynn Ken O’Dowd said in parts the highway is far too narrow for the type of traffic it carries.
“Transport semi trailers and B Doubles are having to pass each other with a minimum of distance between them whilst they negotiate roads that have rough uneven surfaces and inadequate shoulders,” he said.
Likewise, New South Wales truck driver Chris Edwards said the Queensland Government should hang their head in shame.
“To call it a highway is a disgrace,” Mr Edwards said.
“New South Wales roads are a little better than here but Victoria has the best roads in Australia,” he said.
“It is unfair they give us this to work with.”
“This is our workplace, where’s the workplace health and safety,” Mr Edwards said.