Live­stock trans­port flex­i­bil­ity

Warwick Daily News - South West Queensland Rural Weekly - - News -

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.

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