Given the mountain of bad press on trucks recently, stemming largely from the ramifications of the Cootes tanker tragedy in Sydney several months ago, it’d be easy for the general public to think that most trucking companies have a somewhat ad hoc, even haphazard attitude to maintenance standards.
Sadly, however, it points to yet another case of an entire industry being undeservedly tarred with the brush of a few.
The vast multitude of truck operators are, in fact, absolutely committed to maintaining their vehicles in good condition. Quite simply, their livelihoods depend on it because nothing will ‘cheese’ a customer off quicker than to hear their freight is stuck on the side of a highway because a truck has broken down.
Even worse, freight customers – particularly those with their names brandished across the sides of a trailer – are not at all enamoured with news reports that negatively portray trucks hauling their goods.
Good equipment and good maintenance run hand-in-hand and only the naïve or foolish would think otherwise.
Sure, there are those operators who for any number of reasons may not give maintenance its due or consistent consideration, and there are those freight customers who may push their transport suppliers to operational and economic extremes.
When it’s all boiled down though, the vast distances and the massive volumes of freight hauled across the length and breadth of Australia each and every day tell the story of an industry which, despite inherent difficulties and demands, does a remarkable job of delivering freight safely and efficiently.
Unfortunately, this is the story always lost in the carnage of controversy.
Source: Leading independent industry journalist.