HAVING seen and assisted at several fatal truck accidents, it is with the sincerest empathy that I read Wednesday October 9's paper ("Tears for death truck driver").
I was always shocked to see code 10 and 13 drivers being taught to drive with empty trucks, that is no load trucks, and getting their heavy duty licences without the testing officer taking them for a test with a laden truck so as to test their skills in our congested and hilly city.
The railway truck drivers were instructed to use the same gear as you used to go up the incline as you go down. The earliest heavy vehicles did not have safety brakes, only a hand brake, so you had to gear down before going down any incline. Today you have spring loaded safety brakes in case you lose air pressure.
They automatically jam all trailer and truck brakes.
I passed my code 13 licence in 1949 and travelled with heavy vehicles when most of our main tarred roads ended outside the cities.
I am daily disturbed by the fact that all driving schools teach drivers with mostly four ton trucks not loaded and they get passed to drive heavy vehicles not knowing that they cannot depend on brakes only.
The drums overheat and the lining glaze, causing a runaway truck.