Welfare of stock prioritised under new logbook exemption
THE Australian Livestock and Rural Transporters Association has welcomed the National Livestock Welfare Work and Rest Exemption (Notice) 2017 (No.1).
The new notice will allow Standard and Basic Fatigue Management drivers in all states and territories, apart from Western Australia and the Northern Territory, carrying cattle, sheep, goats, pigs, horses, poultry, emus, ostrich, alpaca, deer, camel or buffalo, up to one hour additional driving time to address threats to animal welfare.
While the notice can be used on consecutive days, it does not increase total permitted driving hours over longer counting periods and drivers must increase the duration of their next long rest break by twice the amount of any additional driving time used.
The new national notice replaces less workable state-based notices in NSW and SA that expired at midnight on February 9.
ALRTA national president Kevin Keenan said the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator showed it understood the needs of different sectors and was prepared to forge ahead with a nationally consistent approach.
“The demands of livestock transport are like no other part of the road freight sector,” Mr Keenan said.
“While the HVNL stipulates work and rest rules for heavy vehicle drivers, the Australian Animal Welfare Standards and Guidelines for Land Transport of Livestock concurrently stipulate maximum periods that water may be withheld from live animals as well as other requirements such as unloading livestock promptly after arriving at a destination.”