Smile: You're on truckie cam
MACKAY truckies are using multiple cameras on their vehicles in a bid to combat motorists' bad behaviour.
Some transport company trucks have five vehicle monitoring cameras installed, which save the footage on a black-box type recorder.
"Dangerous drivers and hoons will be reported to the police," Zarb Road Transport's safety facilitator Mark Lalor said.
"We are not out to report everyone to the police, we just want to protect our drivers."
Mr Lalor said reportable incidences were rare.
"But they do happen."
"Once we had a close call on Harbour Rd when a P-plater came out from the side of the road without looking properly.
"It was a close call."
Trucking companies are not only monitoring the public.
Most Zarb Road Transport trucks are also fitted with GPS enabled speed-monitoring devices.
The system notifies the transport company's head office every time one of its trucks exceeds the speed-limit.
"The new technology also allows us to manage driver fatigue and the truck's weight," Mr Lalor said.
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Sixty of the company's 70-truck fleet has this safety systems installed.
Zarb Road Transport trucks are a familiar sight in the Mackay region.
They carry sugar from the mills to Mackay Harbour around the clock for six months of the year. It is part of a chain of processes which makes Coca-Cola and other soft drinks sweet.
"Beside the big soft drink companies, we also supply the sugar which people drink in their morning coffee and many other products," Mr Lalor said.
The Daily Mercury spent two hours in the passenger seat of a B-double during the sugar-run in the lead-up to Truck Week.
Within the first 20 minutes of the excursion, a car cut in front of the truck just before the roundabout on Mackay-Harbour Rd.
ZRT driver trainer Steve Kada said motorists were impatient.
"The common misconception is, you have to beat the truck," he said.
"People take risks when changing lanes, but we catch up with them again at the next set of traffic lights.
"Trucks these days are very modern and it takes very little time for us to accelerate."