In 2014, 20% of the 824 males and 331 females who died on Australian roads lost their lives in crashes involving heavy vehicles. 16% of these fatalities were heavy vehicle drivers. According to government figures, the vast majority of serious and fatal car-truck accidents are caused by a minority of motorists making critical mistakes on the road.
The annual economic cost of road crashes in Australia is estimated at $27 billion per annum. The social impacts are even more devastating.
As a part of Pilbara Heavy Haulage Girls long term planning strategy, the Organisation has adopted a zero tolerance to road crashes involving heavy vehicles and as such will continue with plans to educate, highlight and emphasize the need for responsible driving around heavy vehicles by hosting regular activities and on-line posts to promote the concept.
Driving in the Pilbara from a truckie’s perspective
Road Safety Commissioner Kim Papalia has been given a ‘truckie’s eye view’ of the daily life of road train drivers in the North West of Western Australia.
Pilbara Heavy Haulage Girls Inc founder and CEO Heather Jones invited the Commissioner to climb aboard a three-trailer road train, and take the wheel on a return trip from Karratha to the Wheatstone Project in Onslow.
Pic above-Road Safety Commissioner Kim Papalia and PHHG's Heather Jones
By 2025, 50% of today's 600,000 strong truck driver workforce will be over 65.