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ALRTA asks NHVR to remake 160km notice

The Australian Livestock and Rural Transporters Association (ALRTA) has requested that the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) remake the National Primary Production Work Diary Exemption (Notice) 2015 (No.2).

The current notice is due to expire 4 October 2018.

This notice replaced similar notices that were already in place in New South Wales and Queensland. 

“National application of the notice was a shining example of how the NHVR can reduce regulatory inconsistencies between [Heavy Vehicle National Law] HVNL jurisdictions and remove unnecessary red-tape where appropriate,” ALRTA said in a statement.

“Importantly, the notice has not compromised safety standards.

“The purpose of the notice is to extend the record keeping obligations ordinarily applying to a driver undertaking 100km work, to the driver of a fatigue-regulated heavy vehicle transporting primary produce between a primary production facility and a point of sale, processing or distribution (including return journeys) within 160km of the driver’s base.

“The generally applicable 100km work diary exemption was originally designed to reduce the disproportionately high regulatory burden on ‘local’ drivers who travel short distances with frequent breaks during which they load or unload. This works well in urban areas relieving low risk drivers from many hours of ‘small entry’ paperwork every week.

“However, a ‘local’ area in a rural setting is somewhat larger than urban areas because congestion is lower, speed limits are higher and the economic base is spread more broadly.

“Discontinuation of the notice would be a backwards step for regulatory consistency and fairness.”

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