LOGBOOK LOGIC LACKING
TALES of massive fines and minimal logbook error emerged this week, sparking outrage in the community.
Most notably a $23,000 fine, whose case study we look into on page 3. Many readers have again come to question the logic and utility of the East Coast’s logbook system.
■ Andy S: Absolute joke. We should drive if able to, and rest when we need and want to.
Work diaries only help them hit us for revenue.
Books cannot tell you if you’re tired, and the SafeTcam network is targeting only heavy vehicles.
It’s just a revenue making system.
■ Timothy M: I had a similar issue at Home Hill,QLD.
I forgot to put my licence number in, cop wrote out a fine and didn’t put his details down, missing a lot of info.
I wrote to the court and the police withdrew the fine, only to re-issue it two weeks later.
■ Alan R: I was pulled up at Maryborough pads, book was checked and handed back, then I was asked where my old book was.
They checked it for 45mins until they found something.
I was fined $300 for an entry that indicated I had driven 15 mins over time, that entry was five months previous.
Can’t see whose life they saved that day.
■ Justin M: This is so typical these days. We are truck drivers, secretaries, mathematicians. The logbook rules are set against us.
You can have 45.5 tonne in Victoria but 43.5 in NSW under mass management because they must use different asphalt in NSW.
The 12-hour break is a joke. You get 6/7 hours sleep then sit around for 5 hrs twiddling thumbs feeling like shit, when you could have been closer to home.
■ Terry R: Fines for truckies are totally out of control, hundreds of dollars fine for spelling something wrong or adding up wrong.
If it’s a traffic offence fair enough, but to spell a town wrong or abbreviate (my husband put melb on a few pages years ago, was fined for one but told he could’ve been fined for each one), how is that a safety issue?
Idiots in cars can be done for low range drink driving and not have a conviction recorded. None of it makes sense to me.
I’m all for keeping roads safe but fining for log book mistakes is not making roads safer.
■ Nigel R: I’ve helped a lot of old truckies understand the book and its regulation. It can be confusing, there’s no doubt and it can even create fatigue rather than prevent it.
It definitely creates stress out of fear of making a mistake and copping a huge fine!
I’ve struggled to read an infringement notice and also found errors on them, 24 years behind the wheel all over the country incident-free and I’m down to my last couple of points so that tells me it’s about revenue not safety !
■ Tyronne B: I got pinged in Moore for $480 after the taskforce going through my book to find a couple of mistakes.
Sergeant claimed it was in the ‘interest of road safety’.