Readers point to missing links in Chain of Responsibility
LAST edition Big Rigs talked about the Chain of Responsibility provisions that will come in over the next 12 months.
Though there was no mandate for the use of fines and sentences, readers still raised a number of concerns around the possibility of receiving fines of hundreds of thousands of dollars and prison terms.
Other readers however congratulated the forceful approach the NHVR is taking to safety.
Hendrik R: “So where is the COR when I am forced to stop, due to driving hours rules, when fully awake and drive when I am less than fully awake.
“For example under BFM, I have a defence for using the split break but need a valid excuse, waking up early is not good enough.
“So I might wake up early and have to sit for an hour and then not have an extra hour at the end of the day to get more sleep.
“However they seem to think we are robots that can go to sleep and wake up on demand to suit the book and the freight schedule.”
Scotty D: “These laws are a joke, just some pen pusher justifying their position, most companies and customers don’t know anything about these laws so we still continue to get screwed over.
“Drivers still have no rights.” Quintain J: “There is one major flaw in the COR legislation and that is, does the Heavy Vehicle Task Force have the funds to cover the prosecution?
“Where the hell do they get the money to prosecute a senior executive of a multinational corporation?”
Paul T: “Another failed his test want-to-be truck driver that drives from behind a desk. Come ride with me for a day and you will change your laws and jam them on the car drivers.”
COR: Speakers on the new Chain of Responsibility laws.