I would suggest that for Hampton Transport that the answer is no. I have come to this conclusion given the lack of response to concerns raised with them on December 27, 2010 in relation to a very close passing by one of their vehicle operators and following a review of their website, there is no mention of road safety. Surprising really given their operations on public roads and their duty of care to other road users.
On December 27, 2010 I wrote to Hampton Transport raising my concerns about an incident involving on of their trucks. I included a copy of the video that I recorded on the ride, my statement of facts and a covering letter.Â I have not received the courtesy of a reply, hence this blog posting to highlight what I believe is Hampton Transportâ€™s disregard of its responsibility to share the roads in a same manner.Â In light of Hampton Transportâ€™s lack of response I have now also formally raised my concerns with Worksafe WA (Department of Commerce) as Hampton Transport does have work safety obligations to others.Â It is disappointing that Hampton Transportâ€™s management did not see fit to extend to me the courtesy of a reply as it could have saved escalating this matter to a formal status.
Video of the Incident
Slow motion replays are near the end of the video. These give a better indication of the closeness of the truck. Completely unnecessary driving giving that lane two was free.
Statement Made to Hampton Transport
I made this statement to Hampton Transport on December 22, 2010.
1. At about 5:55 PM on Wednesday December 22, 2010 I was riding my bicycle, a Giant CRX 1, east along Tydeman Road between Port Beach Road and Queen Victoria Street in the left hand lane of the road (lane one).
2. After crossing the railway crossing just to the east of Bracks Street I became aware of truck pulling a trailer passing me very closely.
3. I became concerned about my safety as I felt the driver of the truck was not providing a safe passing distance.
4. As the trailer started to come pass I became aware the driver was pulling closer towards the left kerb before ensuring that he or she had actually cleared me safely.
5. At this point I felt very vulnerable as the trailer was very close and I little option in terms of moving away from the trailer.
6. I was not aware of any vehicles in lane two that inhibited the ability of the truck driver to pass safely in lane 2 or at least to give me a reasonable 1.5 metres of clearance.
7. The attached video shows no vehicle in lane two and shows how close the trailer came.
8. Once the truck and trailer unit passed me I continued to follow the vehicle to ensure I could obtain a clear reading of the trailer number plate, which is ISTB 494.
9. I then changed to lane two as I was turning right at the Queen Victoria Street intersection.
10. Due to the lights being red I was able to pull along side the truck and trailer unit to identify the company name, Hampton Transport.
11. I declare that this statement is true to the best of my knowledge and belief and was recorded on a Contour HD1080P as per the attached video (DVD Disk).
12. The Contour HD 1080P is attached to the handlebar of my Giant CRX 1 bicycle.
1. Written apology from the driver of the vehicle identified on the attached video;
2. Written apology from Hampton Transport;
3. Formal statement of warning to be issued to the driver of the vehicle identified in the video;
4. Formal statement of recognition from Hampton Transport of its duty of care to ALL road users and a commitment to ensure it adopts a policy of safe driving in accordance with accepted occupational health and safety requirements.