Two-up an­swers needed

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NATROAD has slammed the state and ter­ri­tory gov­ern­ments that stopped the Na­tional Trans­port Com­mis­sion from ad­dress­ing a gap in the fa­tigue laws that have caused prob­lems when tran­si­tion­ing from two-up driv­ing to solo driv­ing.

Based on the cur­rent law, driv­ers op­er­at­ing un­der a two-up ar­range­ment are un­able to tran­si­tion to solo driv­ing un­less they are fully com­pli­ant with solo work and rest hours or com­plete a re­set rest break of 48 hours plus two con­sec­u­tive night breaks.

This means there is no in­cen­tive for driv­ers to op­er­ate un­der a two-up ar­range­ment if they need to trans­fer to solo driv­ing.

NatRoad chief ex­ec­u­tive War­ren Clark said the law was il­log­i­cal and should be changed. This po­si­tion was sup­ported by the NTC’s in­ves­ti­ga­tion of the is­sue, in which they con­cluded the pro­posed change would help two-up driv­ing ar­range­ment without adding safety risks.

“NatRoad has been told that ju­ris­dic­tions did not agree with the NTC po­si­tion,” Mr Clark said.

“We are ur­gently seek­ing rea­sons for this poor and reck­less stance.”

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