Truckies comment..Channel 40/Truckstops

It appears to me that this seems to be the attitude of a great number of the present day truck drivers.
Now, before you all get your knickers in a knot about my comment’s, and there will certainly be quite a few that will, I feel, that as a veteran of some 43 years in the industry consisting of 11 years local, 15 years as an owner operator on local and intrastate and 17 years interstate and still going strong, I think that, if anyone is entitled to comment upon the state of the industry, it should be people such as myself.You only have to stop at any roadhouse today and you will know what I mean about my comments.

Whether it be the ignorant sod who fuels at the browser’s then proceeds to do his shopping before moving his truck away from the pumps, even though blind Freddy can see that there is a queue up of trucks waiting to get fuel. BP Goondiwindi is a classic example.
Or maybe it’s the filthy scumbag who uses the amenities and leaves them like a pigsty with no regard for the next unfortunate person who uses them. I recently had the misfortune to use the showers in the Shell roadhouse at Wyalong after some filthy pig of a thing had crapped in the shower cubicle. How course is that? For God’s sake, the toilets are right next door.

Maybe it’s the ignorant, inconsiderate individuals who persist in stopping at the fuel browsers to wash their trucks. The new BP at Wallan southbound was considerate enough to supply hose’s on retractable reels, so that we can fill our water tanks and washer bottles. These will soon be removed because these other individuals are abusing the service by using the hose’s to wash their prime movers on the driveway, with complete disregard for any other user’s. The worst part about this is, the ones that I have witnessed doing this, don’t even fuel there.
Or how about the people who use the roadhouse as a parking lot and take up all the parking spaces in the roadhouses for their local trucks, leaving no room for trucks that fuel there to park for a shower and a meal. I am convinced that some of the cafe’s in these roadhouse’s are suffering, because people like myself don’t even bother stopping there anymore. BP’s Cooper St, Rocklea and Laverton are prime examples.
I must admit that the prices that some of the roadhouses charge for the muck that some, not all, pass off as good wholesome food, is enough to make you stop going there anyway.

But wait, I digress.
Now, the language and the attitude of the users of the UHF radio is the main one that appears to be getting up the noses of quite a few people, not just me, and with good cause. Channel 40 is commonly used as the main contact channel and is widely recognized as the “truckie channel”. This does not, by any stretch of the imagination, mean that it is for the sole use of the truckie. The language that is being used on all channels of the UHF of late is now going beyond a joke.
Contrary to the belief of many of today’s truckers, the UHF is a communication device which is used by a wide variety of the community including some emergency services and farm families with young children. It is NOT for the sole use of the Australian truck driver as some would like to believe.
Most times, when the worst offenders are chastised about the use of bad language on the radio, the standard reply is, “if you don’t like it turn it off”. Why should the majority of radio users turn the radio off because the minority of scum, who persist in degrading and misusing this useful important piece of equipment, say so?

Come on guys. Wake up to yourself. Our industry is in a bad enough state now, without people like you dragging it down even further.
I think that it is high time that we all wake up and stand back to take a good hard look at ourselves and tidy up our act. Until such time as we do, we will never receive or should expect to receive the respect and recognition that so many of us feel that we so deserve and are not receiving. At the present moment I don’t see where we are deserving of that respect.
I remember the time when the Australian truck driver was commonly known as the knights of the highway. These days our reputation, thanks to the thoughtless minority, is fast becoming something that I, for one, don’t want to become.
Remember, respect is earnt. It is not a God given right.

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12 Responses to “Truckies comment..Channel 40/Truckstops”

  1. Jim Messemer Says:

    Absolutely right on in every single thing you brought up I could believe how close to the way I think about the things you brought up absolutely on the mark. As you say we were once Knights of the roads now some of our colleagues have changed that to knaves of the highway.

  2. Rod Chasely Says:

    P.J. you have written a great letter with which I fully agree on all points
    especially the misuse of the u.h.f. which is so bad now in the major cities that it is almost not worth having on. There are “Bull Bar” and his clones etc in Melb. Syd and Bris with their pathetic annoying humbug seemingly 24/7why can’t the Australian Telecommunications Commision (Austel) track these mugs down and prosecute them Heavily they have the ability and the Mandate to under various Communications Laws. I for one am sick to death listening to the filthy Crap and would love to see people like that prosecuted heavily . Maybe that the only way they would ever stop. Keep on keeping safe Rod.

  3. Brian Says:

    I am a also a driver of some 20 years and my how right you are in your comments. Common courtsey and respect are a thing of the past.
    Well said mate.

  4. Maria Says:

    P.J I am a member of an upcoming TV Show that is not too far from completion.

    The topic you have brought up is one of the many reasons why we are making a show involving the industry and have a major interest in getting back the recognition and respect to those truck drivers who so deserve it. It’s people like you who are not afraid to speak up and say how it really is.

    If you or anyone else who is as passionate about the industry as we are we urge you to contact us via and we will past your comments on.

  5. Ray Says:

    PJ or anyone else who wants to get involved with Maria and her upcoming TV show, don’t hesitate to make contact with us. Maria offers a great opportunity here for the for the real pro drivers to make comment to improve the situation that exists and let’s take courtesy and respect a little further. We at truckiesonline will get involved, through your support to help Maria with her TV show.

  6. Maria Says:

    On behalf of The Truck Volt we thank you for your comments and future support.

    My husband has been in the industry for 26 yrs, his love and passion for driving trucks began at the age of 5 when his father who was an owner driver would take him out and spend the day at work. He has worked locally and country but I must say his passion was on the highway working interstate from Melbourne to Sydney or wherever work took him.

    He met and made good friends with a lot of fantastic people along the way but also came across the minority who truly didn’t have any respect for the next person or the industry (cowboys). I think it is a shame that so many truck drivers out there have and are still putting up with having to use facilities that are not up to hygiene standards. The majority of the food that is served is also less than acceptable and the constant abuse from the media does nothing to help our plight.

    We have been for the last couple of years working on a TV show that is not only appealing to truck drivers and their families alike but will hopefully highlight many short comings that happen on a regular basis in our industry. Only then can we begin to make this industry a better place for future generations to be proud of.

    When I came across PJ’s comments my husband and I were not at all surprised that these people still exist in the industry and will continue to do so unless we expose what life on the road is really like. Hopefully with everyone’s support we can begin to make these changes.

    The Truck Volt is being self funded by myself and my husband. We are always on the lookout for new sponsors and welcome any assistance offered by anyone who share our passion and want to make a change for our industry.

    Our show is designed to be hard hitting, factual, informative and humorous. We feel it will be a familiar sight to those who are on this side of the industry and will give viewers who are not, an insight to their jobs and lives.

    Once again I would like to show my appreciation to Truckies Online for their time and letting us have our say.

  7. Ray Says:

    Maria, anything you do in a positive note to improve the industry for our truckies, truckiesonline is right behind you. Keep up the good work!

  8. Ray Says:

    This comment received yesterday.

    Dear Maria,

    My name is Brian Young and I have been driving trucks for the past 20yrs, I would like to be of some assistance if I can because if we don’t do something towards helping ourselves nobody else will.
    Thank You


  9. kimi Says:

    couldnt agree more with your letter. My old mans a interstate truckie and has been for 28 years. he say the industry is far from what it used to be and will probably only get worse. Its the guys out there with no respect and ill manner that give the hard working truckies a bad name

  10. Steve Says:

    I have some 18 years on interstate in this industry and I have just returned after an eight year break. I couldn’t agree more with your comments PJ and agree that it is worse now than it ever used to be, well said.

    In the last eight years I have worked mainly as a TV cameraman on some pretty well known shows plus more recently Government productions and if I can be of any help to your show or cause please get in contact through this site.

    Keep up the great work!!

  11. Ray Says:

    Any more info that you have on this topic Steve would be appreciated.

  12. bec Says:

    How is the TV show going? It sounds really interesting, hope to see it soon!