23rd August 2020 Short and Sweet.

Goodaye all. Short and sweet this week, started Monday and off to Melbourne, back there again in an hour or so. I have just seen a couple of videos from the Supercar teams and it must be a fantastic job to have. They have all been in isolation and are now on their way to Darwin for some races up there. Good luck to them with their trip. We really need some real people and stories to show what it is like on the road, fulltime, otherwise no one will ever know or understand our jobs.

We need the road recognised as our workplace, then those who share it with us will have to be trained to do so. The roads then will have to not only be built for the role they hope to fill, they will have to meet and continue to meet, certain standards over their life. Not once they are built and then fail, be badly patched and cause further damage to trucks, drivers, loads and roads.

In the USA the truckers tried to bill the states for damage to their trucks from the roads. If we could do that here, we would have better roads, safer trucks and less lives lost.

Once roads become our recognised workplace, they will need to have suitable and sufficient rest areas for the number and type of vehicles using that road, to allow and encourage us to safely manage our fatigue, to comply with the onerous and inflexible laws and penalties thrown at us from above by those with hot and cold everything within their reach.

And when I win the Lotto, I will keep trying to make all the above happen. Till then, Safe Travelling, Rod Hannifey.

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