Truck generic, Queensland,
Truck generic, Queensland, Big Rigs

Truckie says 'This is not good enough'

RE: NatRoad says new Heavy Vehicle National Law should be about management of risk to help industry on path to zero fatalities

WHILE I was an applicant at the Road Safety Remuneration Tribunal, specifically for an application that required all road transport drivers to be paid an addition of danger money to reflect the ongoing fatality rate in 2013-2016, Natroad fought any and all attempts to address that issue.

I proved beyond all doubt that mitigating risk through risk management was in fact unachievable and this was a slap in the face to every driver living and dead.

Providing a 400-page report on exactly why is the reason that you cannot manage risk once on the public road system any further without a massive injection of money from <QL>the private sector, which would not be able to be regained.

Even with barriers and safeguards in place, the plethora of events that may take place at any time would require a JSA over 1000 pages long.

Not only is the public road network below minimum standard, the drivers' working environment is well below minimum standards also. A simple example is drinking water - in any workplace it's compulsory, while a driver is not even considered as warranting the same protection.

The list goes on and on, including adequate resting quarters and quality of rest while in the absolute minimum of standard which is well below safe levels.

This entire piece of garbage makes me sick, and I can't wait to see it in hard print so I can use it for toilet paper!

-Steven Corcoran

Big Rigs

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