Truck industry calls for more car driver training

Trucking Association says car drivers need better skills…

While much of the focus of heavy vehicle crashes automatically falls on the truck and the truck driver, the Australian Trucking Association (ATA) says more often than not car drivers are the cause.

The ATA has today called for a rethink on heavy vehicle driver training, but the association also wants governments to put more focus on training car drivers on how to better share the roads with heavy vehicles.

Statistics have shown that in more than 80% of truck smashes, cars are either directly responsible for the crash, or have contributed to the incident.

Check out these tips for sharing the roads with trucks.

ATA Chair, Noelene Watson, tells us it only makes sense then that car driver education also become a priority.

“Despite the statistics, educating light vehicle (car) drivers about how to share the road safely with trucks has only received sporadic policy attention.

“There must be a review of light vehicle driver training standards and competencies to improve road safety for everyone, by including awareness of sharing the road safely with heavy vehicles.”

Let us know what you think about this below. Should car drivers be given more training in regards to sharing the roads with trucks? Are truck drivers passing the buck?

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Joel is the founder and CEO of Behind the Wheel. Joel has a background as a radio broadcaster with on-air roles at 4BC, 4KQ, 2KY, 2LT and 2UE amongst others, as well as a news editor and program director.Joel’s relationship with cars stems back to his early childhood learning to change oil and brakes with his father and uncle. This continued on into his driving years owning an assorted collection of cars.

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