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NSW Upper House launches inquiry into pressures on heavy vehicle drivers

The committee is calling on drivers to have their say on what pressures are causing over height truck incidents in NSW

NSW Parliament has announced that an Upper House inquiry has been established into the pressures on heavy vehicle drivers and their impact in NSW.

The inquiry will examine the extent, nature and impact of pressures on heavy vehicle driver practice and how regulatory obligations are observed.

Chair of Portfolio Committee Transport and the Arts Cate Faehrmann says the inquiry will focus on investigating how these pressures contribute to over height vehicle incidents and the use of rest areas and other fatigue management practices.

“The committee is also interested in exploring the impact, effectiveness and enforcement of current mechanisms to address the pressures on heavy vehicle drivers, including training and education requirements, penalties for over height vehicle incidents and the availability, suitability and accessibility of heavy vehicle rest areas in metropolitan Sydney and rural and regional New South Wales,” Faehrmann says.

“In addition, the committee will consider the capability for new and emerging technologies to assist in reducing pressures for heavy vehicle drivers.”

The committee welcomes submissions from heavy vehicle drivers, other interested stakeholders and members of the community.

The closing date for submissions is set at September 18, with committee activity to follow later in the year.

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