Truckies urged to take care

Speed, inexperience or not driving to the conditions are behind the recent spate of commercial trucking accidents in Waikato, an industry veteran with 25 years driving experience believes.

The haulage company owner, who didn't want to be named, said most accidents come down to the person at the wheel.

"I'm on the road a lot and, as with all road users, there are some idiots out there. And there are truckies that are idiots. There are guys that shouldn't be on the road."

There have been five accidents involving commercial trucks in the region since August 15.

Yesterday, a freight truck rolled on State Highway 3 north of Te Kuiti closing the road.

Waikato road policing manager Inspector Leo Tooman said the circumstances of the latest incident suggested spreading of the truck's load could have been to blame.

"There have been a number of crashes of late and at the end of the day there is only one thing that keeps us on the road and that is gravity so the best thing is not to defy it."

He said crashes would come down to a load not being restrained properly, cornering too quickly, inattention leading to a sudden correction or taking a roundabout too fast.

Many new roundabouts slope to the left for water runoff and truckies needed to compensate, he said.

Waikato Times