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ATA urges road users to double down on safety

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13 May 2020

The Australian Trucking Association (ATA) is urging drivers to double down on safety, after the NSW Police publicised dashcam footage of a dangerous driving incident on the Hume Highway at Menangle. 

The dashcam footage involved a small truck and a ute travelling in the right hand lane of the highway. 

COVID-19 has understandably put the community in a place of heightened stress and anxiety, but it’s imperative that we continue to make safety a priority,” ATA CEO Ben Maguire said. 

“The behaviour of both drivers in this footage is simply irresponsible and not at all a reflection of the kind of action we expect from road users,” Mr Maguire said. 

“Everyone on our roads, whether they be in a car, truck or on a motorcycle must value the safety of themselves and others,” he said. 

Mr Maguire said the ATA is urging all road users to demonstrate patience and respect for others and said that Australia’s professional truck drivers must continue to set a positive example. 

“While this footage highlights behaviour that is appalling and shocking, it is not reflective of the majority of truck drivers who get behind the wheel every day and do the right thing,” Mr Maguire said. 

“We’re really appealing to everybody on the road, particularly during this time where people are stressed, to show more concern for those around them,” he said. 

The ATA and its member associations collectively represent the 50,000 businesses and 200,000 people in the Australian trucking industry. Together, the ATA and its members are committed to safety, professionalism and viability.