The Straits Times
Published on Feb 07, 2013

'Monster' vehicles pose danger


I AGREE that companies, and not just their drivers, should also be penalised when their heavy vehicles are involved in accidents ("Slam the brakes on truck deaths"; last Thursday).

Just drive along roads like West Coast Highway, Jurong Port Road and Pioneer Road - areas where there is a heavy concentration of warehouses and container yards - and you may catch "monster" vehicles going at high speed, some taking corners at a fast pace.

You may spot drivers with only one hand on the steering wheel and the other holding a drink or a mobile phone. It takes only a split second for them to lose control of their vehicles.

They behave this way because, besides being paid by the number of trips they make, companies want their containers to be delivered in time for shipment.

It is time the authorities take a serious view of the dangers posed by these "monster" vehicles.

Turaisamy Retnam