Big Rigs readers talk about tech in trucks.
Big Rigs readers talk about tech in trucks. Kirstin Payne

Tech isn't addressing issues

"NOT addressing the real issue."

That was one of the comments made by Big Rigs social media followers who were discussing Toll's decision to roll out new technology in a bid to stop drivers falling asleep at the wheel.

Toll Group has fitted infrared devices to 76 trucks to capture the faces of drivers so if they shut their eyes or look away from the road, the seat will vibrate and an alarm will sound.

Truckies were not impressed and felt it wasn't addressing the real issues at play.

Neill Graham asked: "How are you supposed to check your mirrors and gauges if you can't take your eyes off the road?" while Brendan E Speed wondered what it had to say about fatigue management: "If the drivers need that sort of technology in a cab they're not capable of the job in the first place."

El Ndi said all companies and their employers should learn how to manage fatigue.

"It's not about technology but how things are managed," he said.

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