BIG WHEELS: The truck industry is driving a perilous road.
BIG WHEELS: The truck industry is driving a perilous road.

'Dob a truckie' campaign gathers speed

By SAMANTHA TURNBULL

LENNOX Head woman Lyndal Denny's fight against aggressive truck drivers has gone global.

Ms Denny, who was spurred into action after being tailgated on the Pacific Highway near Byron Bay in April, is now campaigning against a proposal to bring overseas truck drivers into Australia.

The Australian Trucking Association is currently lobbying the Federal Government to bring overseas truck drivers into the country on temporary Section 457 visas to address a driver shortage in the road transport sector. In May this year, Minister for Immigration Kevin Andrews announced the establishment of a Working Group to explore the introduction of foreign truck drivers into Australia.

Ms Denny is organising a community gathering to discuss the proposal at 9am today at the Bi-Centennial Gardens on the Pacific Highway's northern outskirts of town.

She has slammed the proposal and accused the Federal Government of shutting the community out of its decision making.

"Currently, there are no checking systems in place to assess the driving history or competency levels of these people, their heavy vehicle driving experience or literacy levels," she said.

"If their sponsoring employer said they can do the job then that's all the department requires."

"We are totally opposed to any plan which could allow poorly-trained foreign truck drivers on Australian roads."

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