New videos focus on truck drivers’ health and welfare

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Federal Road Safety and Freight Transport Assistant Minister Scott Buchholz has commended the producers of a three-part video series that provides advice to truck drivers on diet, exercise and mental health.

“I want to congratulate Whiteline Television for their great work on the new physical and mental health videos to support heavy vehicle drivers,” Mr Buchholz said.

“The health of all truckies is as important now as it’s ever been.

“Truck drivers have been one of the unsung heroes in recent months ensuring the most basic of day-to-day essentials continued to be delivered and communities stay connected through the movement of freight.

“I want to thank all of our transport operators and truck drivers for the amazing work they have been doing, keeping shelves stocked and essential freight moving.

“We don’t thank our drivers enough but during this pandemic, the importance of their work has been on display.”

Whiteline Television Executive Producer Stephen McCarthy said the videos are the result of interviews with long-haul drivers who have shared their tips and experiences about managing life on the road.

“We travelled the country to catch up with a range of long haul drivers,” Mr McCarthy said.

“I would particularly like to thank Bruce Dodd, Heather Jones, Brendan McDonald, Peter Harris and Monica and Daniel Constable who were willing to pass on their knowledge and tips in straightforward and down-to-earth language.”

National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) CEO Sal Petroccitto said that this series of three short videos has added to the important ongoing conversations about driver welfare.

“The average age for Australia’s truck drivers is mid-40s and many are away from their homes and families for long periods of time,” Mr Petroccitto said.

“At the same time the challenges have never been greater and truckies’ health and wellbeing is vital, whether it’s somewhere to pull up for a rest or looking after themselves with a bit of exercise.

“And just talking about mental and physical health is an important first step.”

The videos can be found at www.truckingnation.com.au.