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Truckies comment..Channel 40/Truckstops

Friday, May 8th, 2009

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.