Two-up answers needed
NATROAD has slammed the state and territory governments that stopped the National Transport Commission from addressing a gap in the fatigue laws that have caused problems when transitioning from two-up driving to solo driving.
Based on the current law, drivers operating under a two-up arrangement are unable to transition to solo driving unless they are fully compliant with solo work and rest hours or complete a reset rest break of 48 hours plus two consecutive night breaks.
This means there is no incentive for drivers to operate under a two-up arrangement if they need to transfer to solo driving.
NatRoad chief executive Warren Clark said the law was illogical and should be changed. This position was supported by the NTC’s investigation of the issue, in which they concluded the proposed change would help two-up driving arrangement without adding safety risks.
“NatRoad has been told that jurisdictions did not agree with the NTC position,” Mr Clark said.
“We are urgently seeking reasons for this poor and reckless stance.”