Work diary relief vic­tory

NHVR re­news 160km rule

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OP­ER­A­TORS have been quick to ap­plaud the NHVR’s decision to re­new the 160km work diary ex­emp­tion for pri­mary pro­duc­ers trans­port­ing pro­duce.

Marla Stone, vice-pres­i­dent of the Live­stock and Ru­ral Trans­porters As­so­ci­a­tion of Victoria, is thrilled that the reg­u­la­tor had lis­tened to the needs of ru­ral and live­stock car­ri­ers as well as pri­mary pro­duc­ers.

“The NHVR has done a great job of recog­nis­ing the im­por­tance of safe and ef­fi­cient agri­cul­tural trans­port by ini­tially cre­at­ing the 160km Work Diary Ex­emp­tion in 2015 and now ex­tend­ing it to give cer­tainty and con­sis­tency to trans­port op­er­a­tors and their farm­ing cus­tomers,” she said.

“At such a tough time for many on the land, the NHVR has helped us en­sure that we can get pri­mary pro­duc­tion com­modi­ties to mar­kets and pro­ces­sors, as well as trans­port es­sen­tial fod­der for stock.

“The 160km Work Diary ex­emp­tion is of such great ben­e­fit to all of our op­er­a­tors, our hard work­ing farm­ing cus­tomers and ru­ral com­mu­ni­ties.”

NHVR Pro­duc­tiv­ity and Safety Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor Ge­off Casey said the Na­tional Pri­mary Pro­duc­tion Work Diary Ex­emp­tion 2018 would con­tinue for driv­ers of ve­hi­cles over 12 tonnes trans­port­ing pro­duce within a 160km ra­dius of their base.

“The cur­rent no­tice ex­tend­ing the 100km limit to 160km was first tri­alled in 2015 and is due to end on Oc­to­ber 4,” Mr Casey said.

“A re­view by the NHVR found that there was no ev­i­dence link­ing the ex­emp­tion to any safety con­cerns over the past three years.”

The no­tice will con­tinue to ap­ply to fa­tigue-reg­u­lated heavy ve­hi­cles trans­port­ing pro­duce be­tween a pri­mary pro­duc­tion fa­cil­ity and a point of sale, pro­cess­ing or dis­tri­bu­tion within 160km of the driver’s base.

The No­tice will ap­ply in all par­tic­i­pat­ing NHVR states and ter­ri­to­ries. Driv­ers trans­port­ing pro­duce in a fa­tigue-re­lated heavy ve­hi­cle were still re­quired to keep a record of their travel and pro­vide that in­for­ma­tion to a record keeper.

PHOTO: PETER CARRUTHERS

DRIVER WIN: The work diary re­newal helps get es­sen­tial fod­der where it needs to go.

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