Is your truck locked?

October 11, 2017

The trucking industry is in disarray this afternoon after Singelton was hit with an avoidable tragedy involving a stolen truck.

A fertiliser truck was stolen from a service station at Murrurundi and crashed into several cars and a building after the police deployed road spikes in order to stop the vehicle. At least five people were injured as a result of the incident, which is said to have left Singleton looking like a war scene.

In the wake of this event, NatRoad CEO Warren Clark urged all NatRoad members and their drivers to be more aware of their surroundings.

“Drivers have a responsibility to know where their truck is at all times. Take note to ensure your truck is parked in a secure location and most importantly that it is always locked” he said.

“We cannot afford to be complacent in an era where our trucks are being used as a tool to terrorise crowded places”

“NatRoad extends our deepest sympathies to those injured in the incident and applauds the emergency services and police for their work at the scene”.

More information on how Australian truck drivers can avoid terror attacks has been published by the Australian National Security. They suggest drivers should lock vehicles at all times and keep their keys safe.

Some suggestions include:

  • Know where your vehicle is and who has access.
  • Know your load. Is it secure? Is it something of value to terrorists?
  • Check it regularly, especially when you have been away from your vehicle.
  • Don’t pick up hitchhikers.
  • Have a security plan so you know what to do if something happens.
  • Check in – consider using a reporting system during or on completion of a job to confirm the safety of the driver and the location of the vehicle.