Lack of desire responsible for bad drivers

Truckie takes aim at unemployment agencies that send people to obtain licence who aren’t interested in the profession

July 26, 2012

An award-winning Western Australian truck driver has taken aim at unemployment agencies that send people to obtain a truck licence who are not interested in a career in the industry.

Trevor Fehring from Toll Mining Services was last year named the driver of the year by the Western Australia Road Transport Association (WARTA).

He believes a driver’s motivation for the job is reflected in their actions on the road and that unemployment agencies sending people without an interest in the profession to get a licence is having an effect on the industry’s reputation.

"These people were just turning up because the unemployment centre sent them along to get a truck licence," Fehring says.

"Their desire to drive was too low but they had to do it to get an income.

"People will remember one bad driver but not remember the nine good drivers that day. You will see the idiot sticking the truck in the right lane and not move over," he was quoted saying in WARTA’s recent monthly magazine.

Fehring, originally from Victoria, drives a triple road train fuel tanker.

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