Trucking has become a highly competitive industry. Companies are forced to cut corners to ensure they maintain the bottom lines. Most of the times trucking companies tend to ignore the safety issues, which is a major cause of concern.
A majority of the present generation of drivers fail to get extensive training in safety. Added to this, the fact that the wages of drivers have fallen drastically, the quality of drivers trucking in Guelph, Cambridge, Hamilton and other cities across Canada has become mediocre. The average wages of truck drivers have reduced drastically and so there is a reduction in the quality of workers opting for the trucking job.
Another reason for reducing safety standards is the tendency of trucking companies to put off repairs in order to cut expenses. They do not pay heed to the advice of the truckers about problems in the vehicles. Some drivers do not report safety problems due to the fear of losing their jobs. They are forced to drive unsafe vehicles and take back roads to stay away from inspection stations. Trucking has become a scary and risky industry.
In order to make trucking safe, experts suggest that it is important to make government –approved safety training mandatory for all truckers. The program should train the drivers about truck safety and must be taught in trucking schools.
Trucking companies should also take the matter of safety seriously. They should be ready to invest in training the truck drivers to ensure high standards of safety. They should follow strict screening procedures while inducting new drivers into their team and should also provide time-to-time training. They should also get their trucks, trailers and other vehicles in their fleet regularly inspected and repair or replace the ones which are out-of-service. Trucking companies should also ensure that their drivers are physically and mentally fit and get proper rest in between their schedules.
Truck drivers should also make it a point to make themselves knowledgeable about different aspects of safety. They should check the trucks before starting a journey and report any issues to the company.
Combined efforts from the government, trucking companies, trucker’s associations and drivers will help to make trucking in Guelph and other parts of Canada safe once again.