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AMERICA'S TRUCKING HISTORY ON DISPLAY IN YORK, MAY 28-30
Kansas City, MO (MMD Newswire) March 25, 2015 -- More than 1,000 antique trucks and thousands of trucking enthusiasts will gather in York, PA, May 28-30, for the American Truck Historical Society's 2015 National Convention and Truck Show. The event will take place at the York Expo Center.
The show is open to the public from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Thursday and Saturday, and from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday; tickets are $10 per day for ages 16 and older; admission is free for youth 15 and younger who accompany a paying adult.
Trucks of nearly every vintage and make will be represented at the show, from the high spoke-wheel trucks of the early 1900s to the big 18-wheeler rigs seen today on America's highways. To be considered an antique, a truck must be at least 25 years old, but all working and show trucks are welcome. Many truck-related vendors also will be onsite selling memorabilia, books/manuals, photos, model trucks, parts, and more.
Convention activities include a speaker's program with various topics on Mack, International, Evolution of American Fire Apparatus and The History of the American Diesel Truck. Alex Debogorski, the breakout star of the History Channel's "Ice Road Truckers," will be onsite giving fans the chance to interact, get autographs, and pose for photos. Alex will do a live onsite remote radio commercial at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 30 in front of the Utz Arena at the York Expo Center. Trucker Buddy International also will offer merit badge instruction for the Boy Scouts of America. Scouts will have the opportunity to earn their Truck Transportation and Traffic Safety merit badges.
The ATHS national show is held in a different region of the country each year to make it easier for members to attend at least one every three years. The 2015 show in York is expected to draw truck enthusiasts from throughout the East and as far away as the West Coast.
The American Truck Historical Society was founded in 1971 with a mission to preserve the history of trucks, the trucking industry, and its pioneers. The non-profit group is based in Kansas City, Mo., and has over 20,000 members worldwide.
Persons who join ATHS are interested in the history of trucks, the trucking industry, and its pioneers. Many members own antique trucks, restored and unrestored. Others collect trucking memorabilia, literature, photos, and model trucks. There are nearly 100 ATHS affiliated chapters located in the United States, Canada, and Australia, which provide additional opportunities for these enthusiasts to network with their peers. The Susquehanna, Baltimore-Washington, Mason-Dixon, Metro Jersey, and Shenandoah ATHS Chapters are supporting the 2015 convention.
To learn more about ATHS, go to www.aths.org. For more information about the 2015 show in York, call (816) 891-9900. (Digital photos from past conventions are available upon request.)
School dropout runs largest truck driver training business
LIKE many truckies, Shane Blakeborough looks like he wouldn't have two bob to rub together.
In fact he runs 50 trucks in his trucking division and another 50 in his driver training business across Victoria.
That's 100 rigs on the road every day. Shane runs Kenworth, Hino, Freightliner - a bit of everything.
His is the largest truck driver training school business in Australia. At 52 he has certainly been successful.
"At 16 I was called into the principal's office," he said.
"Mum was there and the principal told me my schooling was over. I thought that was a bit odd as it was in the middle of the year. I was home the next day and had to go and get a job so I found one at a crane yard sweeping floors and cleaning trucks. I guess I've always had a can-do attitude.
"When I was 30 years old, I got into the driver training business. I saw a niche market for it. People needed to learn properly. It's ironic that it has taken 20 years for the industry to catch up with the need for having fully loaded trucks in which to learn to drive. We've been doing that since 1990.
"We've always trained with a fully loaded trailer, we've always specialised in industry type trucks in our training business, reflecting what people would do when they got a job."
Head office is in Geelong with offices in Ballarat, Warrnambool, Hamilton, Portland, Laverton.
The trucking division is also based in Geelong.
Shane has a special 2013 Kenworth 659 which is sign written "Shane Blakeborough Freightlines".
"People ask me why and I tell them that truck is about everything I couldn't have in 1986. I built the 659 as a 1986 T650 about a year ago.
"It's just a beautiful truck. Full air-con, 50 inch bunk, TV, fridge, microwave - everything for the driver to keep him comfortable, and consequently safer. It's doing 5000km a week.
"I just love trucking. It is in my blood. The old man was a truckie. He used to tell me that all the dumb ones went into trucking, so given my less-than-illustrious school record, I'd better follow him.
"My two older girls are following me into the business now and I reckon the youngest will follow as well.
"My oldest is about to do her HC licence. She said, 'Dad, why do I have to learn in a T950?' I said because if you're going to get your licence, you're going to get it in a cool truck!
"I have told the girls that there is no free ride in business. They will learn the hard way just like everybody else who succeeds and they will be better for the experience. My wife fronts the training business and I run the trucking side. I'm very proud of her and the girls. The motto on the back of the 659 says it all I guess. That motto reads, 'It's a Family Thing'."
Another of Shane's pride and joys is his personal ride, a 1986, 8,000,000km SAR, ex-Cleveland freight lines, which he has restored.
"This truck represents everything that I always wanted to have in a truck - 425hp Cat, 13-speed road ranger, etc.
"This truck has the right sort of flavour. It's just, yeah... it's just cool. We left the Cleveland freight lines, Melbourne - Perth express, 'Mack Muncher' logos on it. She pulled doubles across the paddock, it's pulled road trains.
"Man! This truck's got so much history. Every time I drive it I feel like it's telling me a story. And every time I'm out there, I meet someone who has driven it. We have left it as original as possible."
"Typical of road train trucks", says Shane pointing.
"The right-hand side is sandblasted to hell and the left-hand side looks like brand-new. We deliberately left it that way. Justin Kloss redid the sign writing where needed, reflecting its age and its miles."
The two businesses employ 240 people. That's a lot of families that Shane is responsible for and it's something he keeps in mind every day.
"Those folk rely on me for their incomes. It is incumbent on me to run a good ship. Keep going, keep building trucks, keep giving people jobs.
"I like to give young blokes a go. We put them in older trucks and give them a chance."
Shane introduces Big Rigs to a couple of his drivers.
"Damo wants to become an interstate truck driver. He has to earn his stripes. This is his 'earn his stripes' truck (Freightliner). When he shows that he can look after it and drives properly he'll get a better one. Unfortunately there aren't enough blokes willing to give young guys a go."
Another employee, Brett drives the 950.
"That's his pride and joy. He actually got out of a K200 Aerodyne to drive this."
"That's because this is a cool truck," says Brett.
"We really do have a good bunch of blokes. Everybody looks after their gear. I'm big on quality assurance. Quality assurance is about these guys coming home every week.
"It's not about whether we do a job better - although obviously that is important. It's about Damo and Brett coming home on Friday night, getting out of the truck and going to their families.
"These guys are home by midnight at the latest. I don't let them drive after that. Nothing good happens after midnight.
"We've built a business around these guys.
"It's these guys who make the business, not me. I'm only an ideas man with a good wife who backs my stupid ideas."
2015 National Trucking Industry Awards winners announced
Celebrating its 25th anniversary, the Australian Trucking Association has honoured leading industry figures at the 2015 National Trucking Industry Awards in Hobart.
The awards were presented at last weekend’s ATA 25th Anniversary Gala Dinner as part of Trucking Australia 2015.
Among the 2015 Award winners included Heather Jones – Pilbara Heavy Haulage Girls, Karratha, WA - Outstanding Contribution to the Australian Trucking Industry; Aaron Busk – Tytec Logistics, Wacol, QLD - National Professional Driver of the Year; Julie Russell – RB Russell Transport, Eagle Farm, QLD - National Trucking Industry Woman of the Year.
Meanwhile, Jim Pearson Transport of Port Macquarie in NSW won the TruckSafe John Kelly Memorial Award for excellence in the TruckSafe program; while members of the Queensland Trucking Association took out the National Training Excellence Award; and Paul ‘Harro’ Harrison – Paul Harrison Transport, NSW took home the Don Watson Memorial Award for conspicuous achievement in furthering the industry’s objectives.
The National Trucking Industry Awards are sponsored by ATA Foundation Sponsors BP Australia, NTI and Volvo Trucks; Cummins South Pacific; Austbrokers AEI Transport; DECA; Bridgestone Bandag and Castrol.
Industry may hold key to getting WA and NT to accept national regulations
Regulator hopes fatigue management templates may be the catalyst for achieving truly national regime.
Trucking operators in Western Australia and the Northern Territory may hold the key to getting the respective jurisdictions to end their opposition to national trucking laws.
While the WA and the NT governments continue to resist the adoption of the Heavy Vehicle National Law (HVNL), the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) is hopeful industry can change their thinking.
The NHVR’s development of new fatigue management templates has piqued the interest of WA trucking operators, most notably the Livestock and Rural Transporters Association which is supportive of the initiative.
"So as we start to evolve and start to understand the needs of industry, I think that the Northern Territory operators and the Western Australian operators might start to see the value of a single entity and that might prompt some discussion around coming on board," NHVR CEO Sal Petroccitto tells ATN.
"I think what I’m seeing is industry will start to see the benefits of a national regulator and it will probably be industry that will start to look at questioning why they are not part of the framework."
Petroccitto says WA and the NT remain officially wedded to their existing heavy vehicle regulatory framework.
"At this stage their position is that they are not part of the regulator and that’s the current position," Petroccitto says.
However, he is adamant WA and NT must join the national system to ensure the trucking industry can realise the full benefits of the HVNL.
"We will get WA into the tent at some point in the future. We cannot have a national regulator without the Northern Territory and WA there. It’s just a matter of time," Petroccitto says.
"That regulatory consistency will be critical if we are going to deliver the future productivities."
The WA Government and the state’s trucking industry have previously raised a number of concerns about adopting the HVNL, particularly due to the impact it may have on WA’s fatigue management and heavy vehicle productivity schemes.
Lack of action on road pricing leaves Australia facing a ‘looming crisis'
NTC CEO insists urgent action is needed to ensure there is enough money to fund road projects.
Australia faces a "looming crisis" unless policy makers act urgently to reform the existing road pricing regime, the head of the National Transport Commission (NTC) has warned.
Paul Retter says the gap between money available for new road infrastructure and the backlog of projects that need funding is growing larger, prompting him to declare the existing system used for raising and spending funds is not good enough.
He highlighted his concerns during a speech at this year’s Trucking Australia conference, where he pointed to significant problems for the community if nothing changes at a time when the freight task is rapidly growing.
"[There is] less money combined with an increased backlog of infrastructure projects that need to be funded. The current regime is unsustainable," Retter says.
"The reality is we’re going to have a bit of a problem. We’re going to have not enough money being invested in maintaining and building new roads, we’re going to have increasing congestion and difficulties maintaining roads at current standards, let alone our projected and desired future standards."
Governments have toyed with the idea of reform through the establishment of the now defunct Heavy Vehicle and Charging Investment (HVCI) group and COAG Road Reform Plan (CRRP), but eventually opted to make minimal changes to the status quo.
The HVCI put forward a proposal to charge trucks individually based on the mass they carried, the distance they travelled and the roads they used, but governments would not back it and the trucking industry does not want it.
However, Retter says it is possible to reform road pricing without installing tracking devices in trucks to run a mass-distance-location charging scheme.
"You could do road reform by charging no more for heavy vehicles using the roads than now, but there are some big issues that need to be addressed," he says.
"How do we address those roads that are non-economic? How do we establish road funds so that we’ve got transparency about the money that is being poured into those being used for the purpose of which its intended?
"All of these are major policy issues that need to be addressed. NTC is of the view that there is a looming crisis if we don’t address them and we need to tackle this as a matter of urgency."
Retter is due to meet the heads of government road agencies this week to discuss the issue, and he says the NTC should be put in charge of developing a road pricing reform plan.
Former HVCI board member Norm McIlfatrick last year blamed poor economic conditions and a government aversion to "big bang reform" for the lack of progress on road pricing.
Transport ministers opted to go slowly by only adopting recommendations to improve data collection and transparency on road expenditure.
Linfox locks in Dulux
A new contract will see Linfox providing transport and warehousing services to the DuluxGroup for some time to come. The agreement, announced earlier this week, sees a 10 year contract which will see a number of sections of the Linfox business supplying services to the DuluxGroup.
Linfox said it will provide warehouse management services for DuluxGroup’s Dulux and Selleys businesses in New South Wales including the construction of a purpose-built facility in Sydney by the Linfox Property Group.
“Linfox will not only provide the warehouse management expertise but invest in a custom-built facility which will support the ongoing growth of this leading local company,” said Peter Fox, Linfox Chairman. “This is an important outcome for both businesses. DuluxGroup is highly regarded for its innovation and customer service, and we embrace the opportunity to have an integral role in adding further value to our existing relationship.”
Linfox already provides DuluxGroup with transport services in Western Australia and Queensland and supplies warehousing and transport services in Victoria.
The new custom-built facility by the Linfox Property Group is in the planning stages. Linfox reckon it will take approximately 12 months to construct and is expected to be about 23,000square metres, once completed.
Man dies in head-on collision in Vic
A MAN has died after his car collided head-on with a truck in country Victoria.
THE car was on the Murray Valley Highway in Cobram when police believe it crossed onto the wrong side of the road and hit the truck in the early hours of Friday morning.
The driver, who was the only person in the car and is yet to be formally identified, died at the scene. The truck driver, a 29-year-old man from Queensland, didn't suffer any injuries. The Murray Valley Highway was blocked to all traffic between Strathmerton and Cobram in morning traffic. The man's death takes Victoria's road toll to 67 lives lost in 2015, compared to 61 at the same time last year.
Truck over cliff and in flames in Kangaroo Valley, driver missing
Crash investigators at the scene of a truck crash on Barrengarry Mountain on Friday. Photo: Supplied
A semi-trailer truck crashed over the edge of a mountain in NSW's Illawarra region and caught on fire early on Friday.
The truck was heading east down Barrengarry Mountain when it crashed through the same section of fence as a truck last month.
The driver is still unaccounted for, but early on Friday morning emergency services presumed his body was still inside the vehicle's cab.
About 1.45am emergency services responded to reports of a truck that had gone over a cliff and was on fire near Moss Vale Road, a kilometre north of Bunkerhill Road, on Barrengarry Mountain.
The truck was believed to have been carting a load of glass beads for the RMS to use in line marking on roads.
Police have not released the identity of the driver.
When two fire crews from Kangaroo Valley arrived, the trees around the truck and the vehicle were on fire.
Kangaroo Valley RFS deputy captain Mark Gorman said the men spent almost an hour hosing down the scene.
They were wearing breathing apparatus because they did not know what the truck was carrying.
Police rescue and crash investigators were expected to arrive later on Friday.
The recovery is expected to take most of the day, although the road is still open.
The crash occurred on the same corner as a truck crash on February 20 when a semi-trailer crashed through the road barrier before going over the edge.
In the four weeks since that crash, the RMS had not repaired the fence, leaving only plastic tape as a barrier.
The same corner was also the site of a fatal bus crash in May 2010, when a tourist coach carrying 30 passengers went over the edge. The driver was killed and 28 passengers were injured.
Katter joins TWU defence of RSRT
The independent politician says law-abiding transporters are being placed at risk by greedy customers and outlaw operators
Bob Katter has signed on to the Transport Workers Union (TWU) campaign to maintain the Road Safety Remuneration Tribunal (RSRT).
The federal member for the far north Queensland seat of Kennedy says the RSRT is a necessary body, set up to ensure truck drivers are paid and treated fairly by employers and other industry stakeholders.
"These blokes are being undermined and white-anted by what I call ‘greedy outlaws’, who are quite prepared to break all the rules so they can get an edge in their contracts, of course at the expense of their workers," Katter tells a TWU press conference today.
He says most transport companies – particularly in North Queensland – treat their staff well, but can come under competitive pressure by the industry’s less-reputable players.
"My experience of the trucking companies is that they’re damn good guys and we can’t let them be undermined by the greed of big supermarket chains, nor by the greed of ‘greedy outlaws’ who really don’t care about the safety of their men," he adds.
Katter also makes special mention of the TWU itself, saying the union was fighting "tenaciously" for its members.
"Congratulations to [national secretary] Tony Sheldon, whose Transport Workers’ Union has fought very hard for their [members] and done a very good job for the people in their industry."
Sheldon says today marks a year since the completion of a "bogus" review of the RSRT. He called on the government to lift the uncertainty surrounding the "vital" industry watchdog.
"Tony Abbott and Eric Abetz, the minister in charge, need to call off this attack on the road safety tribunal," he says.
"Our members and their families know what pressure on truck drivers can result in and it is ugly, horrific and sad – it is families left without loved ones and it is entire communities torn apart by horror crashes."
Katter joins the Greens, independent senators John Mad
Michelin launches 24/7 breakdown service
Michelin Australia has announced the arrival of Michelin Active Assistance – a 24/7 emergency breakdown service for truck operators nationwide.
The nationwide network includes Michelin’s premium dealer network, the Michelin service centres and access to some 400 truck tyre dealerships throughout Australia. According to Michelin, this will ensure every breakdown is closely managed to ensure a timely response.
Michelin active assistance can be accessed via a free call number, where the situation is evaluated to find the safest and fastest solution and the closest Michelin service provider is contacted and provides assistance, with a detailed incident report sent to after the event.
David Issautier, Commercial Director, Truck, Michelin Australia, welcomed the announcement and said that for Michelin, the role of tyre supplier extends further than simply supplier.
“Michelin Active Assistance is a key part of the service package we provide. Our fleet management programme includes qualified technicians undertaking regular tyre checks, and offering tyre management expertise to our network. This support coupled with Michelin active assistance will greatly contribute to operational profitability,” said Issautier.
Head to the annual working truck show
THE Penrith Working Truck Show is on at the Museum of Fire on Sunday, March 29, 2015 from 8.00 am to 5.00 pm.
Admission at the gate $30 adults, up to three (3) children under 16 years free with adult entry, but unfortunately no concession discounts apply as show is already heavily discounted.
Country Music extravaganza has always been a major attraction at the Truck Show and this year will be no exception. Live on Stage will be McAlisters Kemp, The Wolfe Brothers, Kaylens Rain, Jared Porter, Christie Lamb and much more!
For 27 years the Trucking fraternity have cultivated their prize rigs into show condition, in support of Charity.
Each year over 200 of Australia's finest trucks gather at the Museum of Fire for Australia's Premier Working Truck Show, with all funds directed towards saving our families from the dangers of fire while preserving the heritage of our community's bravest.
The unique feature of the Show is that each truck must be a working truck and not just a showpiece or collectors item.
Each truck is entered into one or more of 25 different categories to compete for trophies for the best in each class.
Drivers spend hours cleaning and polishing their prize possession in an attempt at being declared the best truck in their class. The award of a trophy at the Working Truck Show has become an industry icon and prestigious recognition for the owner.
The Museum of Fire, located in the old Penrith Power Station, 1 Museum Drive (off Castlereagh Road) opened as Australia's only dedicated Fire Safety Education Centre in 1986.
Over the past 27 years, approximately 50 000 visitors per year pass through the Museum which houses one of the finest collections of firefighting memorabilia in the world.
From its humble conception over twenty seven years ago, the Penrith Working Truck Show has grown from a gathering of trucking enthusiasts to a major corporate and family event which now takes months of planning and preparation and is recognised as Australia's Premier Truck Show, attracting in excess of 12 000 visitors.
For further information contact the Museum of Fire on 02 4731 3000 or visit our website www.pwts.com.au
RMS pledges to investigate Clybucca speed limit
NSW Roads and Maritime Services acts on driver concerns about safety at major trailer changeover point
The New South Wales roads authority says it will investigate the speed limit at the busy Clybucca roadhouse, the main trailer changeover point for trucks travelling between Sydney and Brisbane on the Pacific Highway.
At present, through-trucks are allowed to drive past the roadhouse at 100 km/h, at the same time as other trucks are pulling in and nosing out of the popular changeover and rest area halfway between the two cities.
Trucks pulling out to head south from a standing start run the gauntlet of southbound through-trucks coming around a blind bend at full speed.
Not all departing or through drivers use their CB radios to alert others of their intentions.
After a recent visit to Clybucca, ATN put drivers’ concerns to NSW Roads and Maritime Services.
In a statement an RMS spokesperson responded that RMS would "investigate the speed limit near the Clybucca roadhouse to ensure it is safe."
ATN spoke at length with half a dozen experienced drivers who all advocated a reduction in the speed limit out the front of the roadhouse, which is just north of Kempsey.
A couple of drivers even called for a pair of point-to-point speed cameras to be installed at the same spot, to make sure everyone sticks to a reduced limit.
Dave Neil, a 40-year trucking veteran, was one of them. He’s been pulling into or driving straight past the Clybucca service centre for a decade.
Neil says he has seen several T-bone and nose-to-tail truck accidents at Clybucca, and is "gobsmacked" that he hasn’t seen anyone killed there.
"It’s pure luck," says Neil, who does a Sydney-Clybucca changeover most nights for Bagtrans. "I cringe for the greenhorns."
About cars and caravans he adds ominously: "Come Easter and Christmas time it’s one hell of a place to be. It’s wild."
Brisbane-based Griffith Corporation driver Mitchell Hayes says it’s "basically a bit of Russian Roulette" coming in and out of Clybucca.
"We call when we’re coming in or out, and some people are listening, some people aren’t," laments Hayes.
"It’s like a bit of a gamble to come out, and most of the time we win, sometimes we lose."
Hayes has been changing over at Clybucca five nights a week for about six months, and says he’s seen two accidents in that time.
The truck with superpowers
High-tech truck measures highway surfaces to detect problems before they become more expensive to fix.
The TSD, Traffic Speed Deflectometer, truck in operation.
It looks like a regular semi-trailer truck, but its insides packed with lasers and computers making it one of the most precious loads on our roads, valued at about $3.7 million.
About the only outward clues for motorists to the long white beast's road-surveying superpowers are two video cameras on its rear, and warnings of invisible radiation from downward-pointing 3D lasers.
The cameras and lasers, designed to detect surface cracking, are among four sets of diagnostic weapons the Australian-based truck is lending the Transport Agency in a "stitch in time saves nine" hunt for weaknesses in the country's state highways.
Instead of having to dig up entire stretches of road after pot-holes break out, early detection of damage caused by water seepage and compounded by heavy loads should mean only having to reseal their surfaces.
"Once you've got a pot-hole, effectively you've got to rip up the road and start again," says Garry Warren, general manager of Australia's research-based ARRB Group, which is running the first round of a five-year contract with the Transport Agency to put our state highways - and a handful of local roads - under the rack.
"You can't maintain what you can't measure and now we can measure the amount of damage that's being done," Mr Warren said.
Five more lasers about halfway under the 15-metre truck are measuring roughness, texture and rutting in up to 12,000km of road lanes which the vehicle is covering through much of New Zealand.
But the kicker for engineers is an array of seven Doppler lasers measuring deflections or movement in the road surface, and the rate at which it recovers from being run over by a 10-tonne ballast-enhanced load on the truck's rear axle.
That has required special permits to exceed the maximum legal load of 8.2 tonnes and, although the truck generally powers along at up 80km/h, it has to ease up when it is approaching bridges.
Its main lasers use the "Doppler effect" in which red light is emitted at a certain frequency and then returns at a different frequency, similar to how sirens on fire engines, ambulances or police cars vary in pitch between their approach to and departure from a listening point.
The first, located 3.5m in front of the axle, is a "reference" laser to measure the road before it comes under pressure, and the others are at varying distances within 900mm of the wheels to gauge its resilience as the load rumbles over it.
"It's almost the holy grail for pavement engineers - it's the most sophisticated piece of equipment that's ever run on our roads," says Mr Warren.
Although Danish company Greenwood Engineering has also developed seven other "traffic speed deflectometer" vehicles with Doppler lasers, his is the only one in the world to which so much extra diagnostic fire-power has been added.
The Transport Agency's share of its services follows first-year runs under contracts with roading authorities in Queensland and New South Wales, where it has clocked about 35,000km.
Mr Warren said the previous method of measuring sub-surface weakness was to drop loads from a stationary position.
"But you can't do that for an entire network because it's very slow, and it's dangerous - you have to stop the [survey] vehicle, drop the weight, then do it again in another 50m."
Although it is too early to forecast savings in New Zealand's annual $1 billion road maintenance budget, Transport Agency highways and network operations group manager Tommy Parker expects the truck's information harvest to help his staff prioritise funding decisions based on need, to ensure the safety of road users.
Police appeal after crash between truck and car
Police are appealing for information after a collision between a truck and car left a woman seriously injured earlier this week.
About 8.25pm (Sunday, March 15, 2015), an Iveco prime mover towing a refrigerated trailer was travelling north-west along Avoca Drive.
As the truck rounded a left-hand bend, a Mitsubishi Lancer travelling in the opposite direction and the trailer of the truck collided.
The Lancer was pushed into an embankment before coming to rest on the northern side of the roadway.
The driver of the Lancer, a 54-year-old woman, sustained a broken arm, laceration to her head and leg, and a broken knee. She was taken to Royal North Shore Hospital in a serious condition.
The 37-year-old male driver of the truck was taken to Gosford Hospital for mandatory blood and urine testing.
Police from the Metropolitan Crash Investigation Unit attended the scene and commenced an investigation.
Anyone with information is urged to come forward.
Police are urging anyone with information in relation to this incident to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or use the Crime Stoppers online reporting page: https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au/ Information you provide will be treated in the strictest of confidence. Police remind people they should not report crime information via our Facebook and Twitter pages.
Female truck driver calls for greater equality at truckstops
WHEN pilot driver Ali Murray pulled up to the Caltex Truckstop North Rockhampton all she wanted was to fuel up, have a meal, a shower and a sleep.
But when Ali asked to use the shower facilities she said she was questioned as to how many people she'd be taking with her.
Brisbane-based Ali said she was embarrassed by the implication she was a sex worker, especially as she was surrounded by other male truck and pilot drivers who were given access without question.
Yesterday southern media outlets reported her concerns about the alleged incident.
Ali later told The Morning Bulletin the matter had been resolved following the article.
She said the service at the truckstop had always been good, with cheery staff, and believed the comments had been the result of miscommunication between management and staff
But she said the matter of discrimination between male and female drivers was a wider issue.
Although she has only worked in the transport industry for about 10 months, Ali said she had faced similar treatment at three other truckstops.
"We all should be treated equal and definitely not harassed," Ali said.
"It is hard being a female in a male dominated industry because you are questioned (where men are not)."
Ali said even calling all pilot drivers "escorts" didn't go down well as the only woman in a room full of men. She said some problems could be avoided if all truckstops made it clear to staff which people were able to use the shower facilities for free.
The Morning Bulletin went to the truckstop for comment yesterday, but was directed to the Caltex media department.
Caltex yesterday told The Morning Bulletin the North Rockhampton truckstop was operated by a franchisee who was responsible for staff.
In a statement, they said they were only made aware of the incident after being approached by another media outlet, but were now investigating.
They said all transport industry employees were welcome to use the shower facilities at the truckstop.
"Any staff comments of this nature would be highly offensive and are certainly not in line with what we would expect of anyone representing the Caltex brand," they said.
"It's also contrary to our company values. Caltex is very disappointed at the allegation made, particularly given our strong commitment to equality and the fact that we are a major brand within the transport industry ourselves.
"We wouldn't want this type of treatment of any of our drivers and nor should any customer expect this type of behaviour either."