Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Learn How to Be Truckwise

Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Learn How to Be Truckwise

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PK's TruckWise has been providing local training and knowledge to the Mackay region for many years with owner and instructor Peter Lewis keen to share a wealth of wisdom on the safe operation of heavy vehicles to all those keen to learn.

And now PK's has expanded its training with the establishment of its Bowen depot. The new site offers the same trucks, training facility and expertly qualified tutors all from a new premises in Bowen, adding to training provided in Airlie Beach and Mackay.

The new depot on Collinsville St means greater availability of heavy vehicle training to a broader geographical range of the community, while offering greater scope of driving experiences, which Mr Lewis sees as key to effective learning.

Mr Lewis highlights basic skills as the foundation for his training of new drivers.

He feels a lack of concentration, courtesy, awareness of road conditions and vehicle control are key causes of increasing numbers of heavy vehicle accidents on local roads.

Mr Lewis has spent decades training operators to handle vehicles properly and responsibly to avoid hazardous situations.

More recently, PK's has added to the training they provide to meet the demands of those seeking heavy vehicle knowledge.

Mr Lewis is pleased to be able to offer, alongside regular general freight training, the honing of skills and licensing in drop-decks vehicles with ramps and tipper trucks.

"With an increase in opportunities in Carmichael and Adani mining projects, along with the Bowen Basin expansion and growth at Abbot Point, we've expanded training to provide for those seeking work and skills for employment in these areas.

"Mine heavy vehicle operation has some of the highest potential for danger so, by providing access to proper training in this, we are assisting in making the industry safer."

Mr Lewis said that in his more than 30 years of experience he had seen a need to improve driver safety within the transport industry and had established PK's TruckWise in order to support and improve the overall safety of the industry. …

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