New emergency hotline for livestock transporters

One call will give drivers access to a range of services for their trucks, cargo, and themselves

New emergency hotline for livestock transporters
For livestock transporters in an accident, comprehensive help will soon be just a phone call


The Australian Livestock and Road Transport Association (ALRTA) is set to launch a new 24-hour emergency helpline for livestock drivers in trouble.

In partnership with national sponsor NTI, the Livestock Assist program will offer a one-call hotline for drivers in the event of an accident or breakdown on the road.

Using NTI’s database of service providers, the operator will be able to assist with all medical, mechanical, and animal welfare issues – whether the incident takes place in the outback or the city.

LRTA South Australia president David Smith says the hotline is a smart initiative.

"To me, it’s a very welcome step," he says, noting that drivers will face less personal stress in the wake of an accident.

NTI industry affairs manager Owen Driscoll is expected to explain the details of the Livestock Assist program in a presentation to the LRTA South Australia conference this coming weekend.

The program’s official launch will take place during the ALRTA’s national conference in Bunbury over July 3 and 4.

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