Think before you start demonising trucking, MP says


MP criticises people for taking shots at the use of large trucks, saying the likes of B-triples improve road safety

By Brad Gardner | September 18, 2012

A federal MP has lined up with the trucking industry in supporting the use of larger trucks, hitting out at people criticising the likes of B-triples.

Rowan Ramsey from the seat of Grey says the industry is the subject of a lot of public misinformation and that truck drivers behind the wheel of large combinations cop a lot of flak.

"Truckies are constantly demonised for filling up the road with these monstrous great road trains. I point out to people that in the unfortunate case of an accident the effect of a car getting hit by a 22-tonne rigid tipper or a 90-tonne B-triple is exactly the same," Ramsey says.

"If you do not have the B-triples on the road, you are going to have five to six times as many rigid tippers on the road. It would be a far more dangerous place. People should think about that argument before they start getting stuck into truckies."

Ramsey says the trucking industry’s safety record "is very good", adding that the majority of accidents involving trucks are the fault of the other party.

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