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The Right Approach for Older Drivers. Getting Australia’s Truck Drivers Home Safely.

St Clair, S



Around 20 years ago, I owned and drove a prime mover and semi-trailer. It had virtually no safety features. It didn’t even have seat belts, and you turned the air conditioning on by winding the window down. It’s worth comparing that to the trucking industry today.

For two weeks in July 2009, I drove the ATA’s mobile safety exhibition trailer across northern Australia from Darwin to Broome and on to Perth, meeting trucking operators along the way. I drove a new Volvo prime mover, which the company has generously made available to us. It has 200 more horsepower than my old logging truck, can haul 20 more tonnes, and uses half the fuel.