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Truckers Aren't The Bad Guys On Killer Road

Press release from National Road Carriers


National Road Carriers (INC) Executive Director Bruce Reid says their members that travel the countries deadliest stretch of State Highway through Maramarua are sick and tired of car drivers demonstrating poor or inappropriate driving behaviour.

Trucks make up 20% of the vehicles that travel SH 2 and are continually put at risk by the actions of less professional drivers and a road that is unforgiving of the slightest misjudgment.

"Our members report that every trip they see car drivers doing stupid things, passing where it not safe to do so, cutting in front of them and generally having no regard for other road users".

Mr Reid has this message for all drivers, "Keep to the appropriate speed for the conditions and think of the other drivers".

Until the road is upgraded to meet the increased traffic flows all drivers must adjust their driving behavior.

"Improving SH2 to make it safer can't happen soon enough. This is another example of a problem where the solution is known however the lack of action rectifying the problem means more of our members will experience the horror of serious road crashes on this notorious stretch of road."

All drivers need to take responsibility but the solution lies with Transit and Central Government to act with urgency and fix a fixable problem.

Background on NRC

National Road Carriers was formed in 1936 as the Auckland Owner Drivers Association with the later amalgamation with BOP Owner Drivers Association. NRCis nowan Auckland based Transport Association with 3000 Members Nationwide, 1700 of these Members carry out business in Auckland and the BOP. The majority of these running businesses transporting freight by road. 95% of the Members of National Road Carriers operate with 5 vehicles or less. 80% of the Members of National Road Carriers are single vehicle operators. The Association is actively involved with providing advocacy on behalf of Members, with the goal to improving the life and safety of those who choose to earn a living with a vehicle.

National Road Carriers represents Members on local issues and Nationally through membership to the Road Transport Forum.

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