Councillor Jeff Smith's motion for irresponsible driving was on the agenda at last week's meeting of Glen Innes Severn Council.
Concerns have been raised by Cr Smith regarding ongoing road safety issues around irresponsible driving by some B-Double truck drivers using the highway network in Northern NSW.
"There seems to be pressure on some of the large trucks trying to get to their destination to deliver their goods that they are carrying," Cr Smith said in his report to council.
"Some of these truck drivers become frustrated and impatient and try to intimidate the slower road users, in an effort to make up for lost time.
"This then places all road users in a significant safety risk, increasing the risk of possible injury or death due to a traffic accident."
Delays caused by roadworks have caused the recent increase in vehicle queues.
While bringing the issue to council's attention, Cr Smith requested that the general manager write to NSW Police and the Roads and Maritime Service (RMS), asking that they establish mechanisms to curb and curtail the irresponsible driving of some B-Double truck drivers, in the interest of safety for all road users.
Cr Smith proposed three ideas that could be helpful to curb the intimidating driving behaviour:
- More police patrolling the main roads during evening and night,
- Signs posted as roadside reminders to remind drivers to obey road rules, and
- Notifications for trucking companies to advise them of possible delays due to roadworks and allow extra travel time.
"My personal views are not affiliated with the council, however I believe the concern for public safety on our roads is a matter of interest to the council," Cr Smith said.
By addressing the issue, Cr Smith hopes the irresponsible behaviour will be stopped before a major accident occurs.
"It is my hope that the police and RMS can address the safety issues," Cr Smith said.
The motion raised by Cr Smith was seconded by Mayor Carol Sparks and Cr Dianne Newman.