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Keep on truckin'

Representatives from  the transportation industry met inside the Trinity Anglican Church in Cornwall on Thursday for a frank discussion on what can be done to encourage more people to consider truck driving as a career.

The brainstorming session was organized by the Tri-County Literacy Council, which received a sector partnership grant from the Ministry of Education to research possible programs it could offer to help people learn the required skills for a career.

According to the project’s co-ordinator, Carolyn Eva, they decided to partner with the transportation sector because of the industry’s stated need for more truckers.
“We’re working to examine and identify the barriers to the transportation industry and to see how we can address these barriers and work with employers, agencies and truck driving schools, and job seekers — all of whom were represented here today and had input in what we are doing,” said Eva.

More than a dozen people came to talk about those barriers for almost two hours on Thursday. Their conversation touched on issues such as the stigma of wanting to be a truck driver which, among other things, hampers the ability of recruiting young people out of high school.

They also discussed the looming impact of automation on the trucking industry as well as the difficulty of women getting into such a male-dominated industry.
Eva said there was plenty for the literacy council to consider as it moved on to drawing up the strategic plan they will need to submit to the province by mid-November. One of her biggest takeaways, she said, was the under-representation of certain groups in the industry.

“Youth and women are not represented in the truck driving field for various reasons, and I think there’s a lot of opportunity there,” she said.

Eva envisions the literacy council being able to provide some “pre-training” to people interested in becoming truckers as a way to help them get over the barriers that keep people from pursuing a career in transportation.

“There are some essential skills such as numeracy, reading documents, maps. These are skills that are required in this industry that some people may not necessarily have when they go to trucking school. So we can do some pertaining to help people along that path,” she said.

Once the literacy council submits its strategy to the province, it will look at trying to get some additional grant money to make those training programs a reality.
 

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Watch the moment reckless lorry driver strikes level crossing barrier …

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CCTV of a Bulgarian lorry driver shows the moment he carelessly drove over an Essex[2] level crossing as the barriers were descending.

Tencho Hristov, of Pelham Road, Lincolnshire appeared before Chelmsford[3] Crown Court on Thursday (September 14) where he was sentenced to eight months imprisonment.

He had been found guilty of one count of obstructing any engine or carriage using the railway, a wilful omission or neglect, and one count of failing to report a road accident.

The incident, which occurred on June 21 of this year, damaged the level crossing adjacent to Roydon[4] station in Essex.

ALSO READ: Bulgarian driver jailed for trapping HGV on level crossing at Roydon station and smashing barrier[5]

At around 10.45am, Hristov approached the level crossing and the lights began illuminating which indicated the barriers were about to lower.

Hristov, however, proceeded to drive over the crossing despite the warnings. This resulted in the barriers becoming trapped between the driver’s cab and the trailer.

The train tracks were then dangerously obstructed by his vehicle.

Hristov jumped out of his cab and then walked around the vehicle for three minutes, failing to alert the emergency services to a potentially impending disaster. Eventually, he returned to his vehicle and drove forward, causing damage to the barriers.

He drove away from the area and did not report the incident to police[6].

The cost of repairing the level crossing, as well as delays caused to services is estimated to be more than £23,000.

Inspector Steve Webster from British Transport Police, said: “Because of Hristov’s recklessness, there was a very real risk that the approaching train could have collided with the truck. Instead of calling the emergency services – like a sensible person would – or even moving his vehicle to safety, he remained on the tracks, inspecting his vehicle, when a train could have collided with him at any moment.

ALSO READ: British Transport Police say death of person struck by train at Ingatestone is ‘unexplained’[7]

“It is difficult to understand why road users continue to ignore the warning signs at level crossings. Trains travel at extremely high speed and impatience can have serious consequences. I would remind motorists to obey warning lights and do not drive over the crossing when the barriers are in action.

“I welcome this tough sentence that Hristov was handed as hopefully it will deter anyone else from thinking they can illegally drive over a level crossing. Thankfully, signallers were able to alert the driver of the approaching train before any serious injury was caused. A disaster was very narrowly avoided.”

The 30-year-old was handed an eight month custodial sentence and a two year and eight months driving ban.

References

  1. ^ Comments (0) (www.essexlive.news)
  2. ^ Essex (www.essexlive.news)
  3. ^ Chelmsford (www.essexlive.news)
  4. ^ Roydon (www.essexlive.news)
  5. ^ Bulgarian driver jailed for trapping HGV on level crossing at Roydon station and smashing barrier (www.essexlive.news)
  6. ^ police (www.essexlive.news)
  7. ^ British Transport Police say death of person struck by train at Ingatestone is ‘unexplained’ (www.essexlive.news)