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ALRTA sees fatigue as a crucial issue in 12 month plan

Work on ramps and log book exemptions among the other top priorities

Fatigue issues will be at the forefront of the Australian Livestock and Rural Transporters Association (ALRTA) efforts in the coming year.

The Association has unveiled its priorities for the coming financial year following its annual conference earlier this month and informing it has been regulatory intentions related to fatigue and the Heavy Vehicle Safety and Productivity Program (HVSPP).

“The ALRTA will be fighting hard on these issues and we are already off to a good start,” executive director Mathew Munro says.

“The NHVR has formally announced an intention to establish a Livestock and Rural Transporters Fatigue Management Scheme by the end of the year and Round 4 of the HVSPP will open on 1 July 2014.

“We will establish our Ramps Working Group in July and continue transitioning to new management arrangements over the next couple of months. It’s already shaping up to be another good year.”

The full set of priorities includes

  • development of national ramp guidelines by the end of 2014
  • pursuing a 14-day fatigue cycle for rural and remote operators
  • nominating projects for the HVSPP
  • nationalising the 160km radius log book exemption for rural carriers
  • improving driver amenities at key loading and unloading sites
  • transitioning ALRTA to new direct management arrangements.

Of the past 12 months, ALRTA expressed disappointment that Ministers have delayed  implementation of a favourable charging recommendation which included a road train price adjustment until 2016-17.

But gains identified included exemptions from mandatory ABS requirements for heavy stock crates and dollies  and the removal of ‘livestock and bulk grain’ from specific consideration for any new road safety remuneration order.



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