Livestock transport flexibility
THE Australian Livestock and Rural Transporters Association has welcomed the announcement that the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator began formal consultation on a proposed national work and rest exemption to allow limited personal use of a fatigue-regulated heavy vehicle.
ALRTA National President Kevin Keenan said a national exemption would harmonise state laws and result in better quality rest for drivers.
“Short-distance drivers can usually make it home to access sleeping quarters, meals or washing facilities, as well as their own private vehicle for personal use,” he said.
“In contrast, long-distance drivers are often forced to rest at inhospitable locations with no amenities whatsoever.
“Uninterrupted sleep, eating well and keeping clean are fundamental to maintaining alertness and vehicle control.
It is also important to relieve boredom during longer breaks in isolated locations.
He said the flexibility given to NSW drivers of up to an hour during a 24-hour break would be better nation-wide.
Consultation is open until September 30.