Work diary relief victory
NHVR renews 160km rule
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.
DRIVER WIN: The work diary renewal helps get essential fodder where it needs to go.