In our February edition of truck that which is also the final edition of Rod’s Churchill Fellowship tour of the UK and the USA, we speak to some seriously interesting people. As the tour has continued it is quite apparent the challenges that face our colleagues in other countries are almost the same that we do here in Australia. Distracted driving and electronic logs are on the top of the list but following up closely in both countries is the lack of appropriate rest areas.
It continues to beg the question of the law and policymakers, (who proclaim and aspire to be at the top of the intellectual tree), why they don’t consult with and examine what the real-world experiences are for us who must live and or be punished by their decisions. Why has it taken so long for them to act on rest areas? It’s not as if the population growth and subsequent increase in the freight task have just landed in their lap. It is almost Pythonesque when you think of it.
We have a chat with Glen Rice about his beautiful conventional Kenworth and large sleeper or should we say house. Plus, we also get to chat with Brad Christianson about a very unusual looking international Cabover.
As in our last episode where we spoke with young Dillon, who had a refreshing take on our industry, in this episode we meet a young lady who clearly enunciates the frustration being felt by many as to how to educate our young drivers to act responsibly and safely around heavy vehicles. Check out their camper trailer too. Also, check out the “little Pete” belonging to Wayne Alberts, we must say, we want one.
Rod also poses some questions about the law surrounding red and blue lights and how both NRMA and the Police Associations calling for a review into the law to attempt to make it safer for everyone.