Truck drivers told two strikes and you’re out
CONTRACT drivers operating trucks towing "dog" trailers from Peterson's quarry to locations along the new highway upgrade have been told to drive like they live locally.
Quarry Solutions' project manager Terry Woods says the Chinderah-based company, which operates a similar quarry at Valla, south of Coffs Harbour, is keen to keep the Coraki community on side by operating to best practice standards.
"We employ a stringent driver code of conduct," he said. "We have a one-strike rule in which a driver behaving badly gets one warning and if he makes another mistake, he's gone."
Mr Woods said Quarry Solutions had already contacted local bus companies and schools and provided them with a contact number in case poor road behaviour was observed among any of the contract drivers employed on the project.
Of course, complaints would be investigated to make sure that one person with a vendetta against a particular driver wasn't creating problems.
Quarry Solutions has a large presence in civil construction projects throughout Queensland and has access to modern equipment, so activities within the pit will comply with modern emission standards and noise attenuators.
"Quarrying is a necessary industry but we want to keep as low a profile as we can," Mr Woods said.