STAR VIEW

TRUCK drivers are constantly pushed by their employers and clients to meet ridiculous deadlines, forcing them to put not only their own lives at risk, but also every other motorist on the road.

So it is good to see the Federal Government finally taking a stand and doing something about this with new regulations introduced last month. It has taken long enough.

Driver fatigue has been well documented as the main killer on our roads and new regulations aimed at stopping greedy bosses from forcing drivers to work over-long hours would have to be the best news we have heard in a long time.

The new laws have cut truck drivers down from 14 hours a day on the road to 12 hours.

But how would you feel are driving 12 hours in one day? Imagine what it is like for a truck driver doing 12 hours every day, even with a forced seven-hour rest period.

Reducing truck drivers’ maximum working hours by two may seem like a big leap, but driving 12 hours a day, seven days a week, would be enough to turn any normal person into a zombie.

Calling for the Government to introduce a national standard to be set for the way the big retailers offer incentives for freight deliveries is the only way to go.

We should all get behind the Northern NSW Transport Workers’ Union as it fights for these regulations to be introduced.


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