Wel­fare of stock pri­ori­tised un­der new log­book ex­emp­tion

South Burnett Times - - RURAL WEEKLY -

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.”

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