Here we go again! Time to take a serious look at some indisputable facts. Time to consider why we continue to find ourselves in the same place over and over as an industry.
As we finally take the exit ramp for this year, we acknowledge that 2020 has been a very tough year for transport workers and our industry has left no doubt that without the strength of the work that drivers do, Australia stops.
Amazing as it may seem, we have much to celebrate as 2020 draws to a close. We are still standing, a little battered and beaten and sadly in some cases without members of our families. However, in the majority, the resilience of the trucking industry has kept the country moving and supplied with all the essentials of life through the most chaotic year most of us will ever experience in our lifetime.
From bushfires and a global pandemic to lockdowns and a national truck law review, 2020 has been a significant year for the trucking industry, which has been tried and tested but has come out on top.
As we count down the days to the end of 2020 most of us can’t wait to see it gone. In so many ways this year has been highlighted by disappointments, devastation, losses, bungles, scandals, disappointments, and other negativities.
2020 has been a hell of a year, as if you need telling. The TWU is looking forward to 2021 as a year to continue the fight to change things in our industry for the better.
As a former operator myself, we all know there has been two speeds in the transport industry during this pandemic.
Did you know that traffic injury is the biggest killer of Australian children under 15 and the second-biggest killer of all Australians aged between 15 and 24? Every year, approximately 1200 people are killed and another 44,000 are seriously injured on Australian roads.
We all need to work towards lowering the rate of fatalities and serious injuries on Australian roads, and that’s why this is a core priority for the Government, and why the Budget is funding $2 billion towards road safety initiatives, continuing efforts to reduce road trauma in Australia.
As Australia’s economy tries to adjust to a new normal after the emergence of Covid19, businesses are facing many new challenges. Our clients have seen that these changes have had both positive and negative impacts on the transport industry’s safety culture.