Title: Australian Interstate Truck Drivers and Global Tracking Systems: Conversations with Truckies
Dr Jann Karp, Criminology & Sociology, University of New England, Armidale Campus
Global Positioning Systems (GPS) are operating extensively in the Australian trucking industry. The satellite dishes connect the moving parts of the truck to the moving driver, to a stationary base. The truck is followed in real time. The weight of the truck is traced. The driver’s behaviour in terms of speed, stop and start are recorded. Who is using the records of these movements: the driver, the companies and the regulators? Is this a management tool, a safety tool or a regulatory device? So do we want our workers subjected to surveillance in real time? What is the impact on these men’s working lives? I interviewed twenty-‐three drivers in the field while a passenger en route, and discovered many complexities in these men’s working lives. Global tracking works via satellite link; provides a management tool for companies and for regulators; but also gives truckies a tool to argue that they are complying with the rules.
Dr Jann Karp retired from the NSW Police in 2007. She graduated with her PhD in the same year and published her first book: Corruption and Crisis Control: The Nature of the Game in 2008.
Her second book Conversations with Truckies Looking at Life Through Glass is currently being considered for publication as a joint project with the Federal Transport Workers Union and Federation Press.
Her third book again will broaden our understanding of Australian workplaces. The title is: Workers in the
21st Century. Jann is presently a Lecturer with the University of New England in Armidale NSW.