MP 'amazed' by skills of truck drivers


NSW MP believes people would have a greater appreciation for truck drivers if they spent some time driving with them

By Brad Gardner | September 23, 2013

People would have a greater appreciation of truck drivers if they spent some time with them in the cab of their vehicle, a New South Wales MP says.

Labor’s Mick Veitch, who has family members in the industry, has praised the work of truck drivers while also highlighting the lack of awareness the general public has of heavy vehicles.

He says he has spent some time travelling with his brother and brother-in-law in their trucks and that what he has seen happening around him at times has been "quite scary".

"People seriously underestimate the stopping distance required by these vehicles, and in traffic, and sometimes at speed, the way cars overtake and cut in on heavy vehicles is scary," Veitch says.

"I think people would have a greater appreciation of the skill set of our heavy vehicle operators if they spent some time driving with them to see what happens on our roads.

"I am also amazed by the skills of our heavy vehicle operators, not just in dealing with cars cutting in on them at high speed but also in negotiating tight reversing angles. Heavy vehicle drivers are quite skilled operators."

Veitch urged his parliamentary colleagues to travel in a truck if they get the chance.

He made the comments during the passage of the Heavy Vehicle (Adoption of National Law) Amendment Bill through the NSW Parliament.

The Bill ensures NSW will maintain a number of existing provisions when national heavy vehicle regulations take effect.

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