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Apprenticeship for truckies

THE idea of a trucking apprenticeship is gathering steam among Australian drivers.

Colin Andrew said to teach 17-18-year-olds from the passenger seat with supervision and guidance.

"With a proper two to three-year apprenticeship you will 1) attract a 'professional' public image and 2) within a few years actually have educated and skilled professional transport operators.”

Driver Michael Stanley said cut out some of the OH&S about passengers and similar, and allow those who show an interest in driving to learn the ropes.

"Get rid of the 'what if' brigade,” he said.

"Allow some flexibility into the regulations which allow you to drive the last few kms to get to the depot or home rather than having to sleep on the side of the road because some regulation says that you are fatigued.”