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Truck drivers offer insights on national truck laws

Truck drivers have joined the Australian Trucking Association (ATA) today to share their thoughts on the national truck laws.

As part of the 'Coffee with a Cop' initiative, truck drivers operating on the Hume Highway stopped by Marulan BP Southbound to join the ATA and officers from NSW Police to chat about current issues and discuss ways to work together, over a free coffee provided by ATA Sponsor BP.

“Today was all about encouraging positive conversation and hearing from truck drivers first-hand,” said ATA CEO Ben Maguire.

The ATA was also joined by member associations NatRoad and Road Freight NSW, as well as the Livestock, Bulk and Rural Carriers Association.

“The Coffee with a Cop initiative showcases the excellent work officers from NSW Police are doing in collaborating with the trucking industry, working together with operators and associations to improve road safety,” Maguire said.

“As the national truck laws are currently being reviewed, today’s event was also a great opportunity for the ATA and our members to hear what truck drivers think about the law and what they would like to see fixed."  

“It’s crucial to gather feedback from truck drivers during this review process, as they are the ones dealing with these laws on a day-to-day basis,” he said.

The responses gathered from truck drivers will now be used to assist in developing ATA submissions to the Heavy Vehicle National Law review.

The event was hosted by the BP team as it looks to invest in state-of-the-art truck stop facilities to provide truck drivers a place to stop, rest, refresh and have a healthy meal before they continue their safe journey.

(Image: Ben Maguire, ATA CEO).

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