Truck, highway, generic, heavy vehicle, file photo
Truck, highway, generic, heavy vehicle, file photo Kirstin Payne

What will really help with driver fatigue?

"ALL the electronics in the world simply will not solve fatigue problems in our industry.”

That's the view of truckie Nigel Rutley, whose comments came after the Queensland Trucking Association and the Port of Brisbane began a 12-month pilot of new SmartCap technology as part of its two-year Heavy Vehicle Safety Around Ports project.

"The ability to sleep when we're tired without jeopardising our ability to complete our trip legally instead of going to sleep when the book tells us would be a great start,” Nigel said.

Matt Lockart said he didn't think it would help the industry.

"What'd help is to provide drivers with adequate rest areas, stop unpaid wait times, better and comfier bunks instead of the shoeboxes that come standard on most trucks and maybe some repairs and upgrades to the road networks.”

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