Change in fatigue policy to benefit livestock drivers
IT MAY not sound like a big deal to most, but a change in fatigue policy will make all the difference to livestock drivers.
Fraser's Livestock Transport is one of many companies who will benefit from the change to access a new level of flexibility in managing drivers work and rest periods.
"This is really significant for the livestock transport industry, this has been on the drawing board for quite a number of years, and thanks to the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) it's now a reality as of July 1," principal Ross Fraser said yesterday.
"A lot of people have put a lot of work into this and including the livestock transporters of Queensland, and also our national body. The main issue we face is the lack of flexibility, and this new package gives us more flexibility than what we had.
"The unpredictability of what we do carting cattle and getting caught in rough creeks and wet weather really presents some major issues for our industry. So what this new system will allow us to do use that flexibility between trucking hours and allow drivers to manage their own fatigue, and that's something we've been looking for, for a long time."
The NHVRis Australia's independent regulator for all vehicles over 4.5 tonnes gross vehicle mass.
The new initiative was created to provide a safe, simpler and more flexible arrangement in the management of fatigue across the livestock transport industry.
NHVR executive director productivity and safety, Geoff Casey said the reduced red tape for industry will have flow on benefits to the broader primary production sector and the communities.
"Up until now, operators had to invest significant time and money into developing their own separate safety case to apply for the AFM option," Mr Casey said.