Truckies share their views on improving the HVNL.
Truckies share their views on improving the HVNL. Kirstin Payne

Share your ideas on improving the HVNL

THE National Transport Commission has opened an easy-to-use message board to share your ideas in 140 characters or less for improving the Heavy Vehicle National Law.

Visit hvnlreview.ntc.gov.au to register, then click on the Have Your Say tab.

Here are just a few of the more popular comments posted so far (users vote for their favourite suggestions):

patold says: "Firstly work with all the states and territories, get everyone on the same page. 1 rule across the board, ridiculous at the moment."

reeva says: "The new law must be simple for all to understand, not a thousand pages that nobody can."

CoRAustralia says: "Requirements for training, reviews, assessments should be clearer as this adds confusion to many people and reduce the bogus companies."

thedriversadvocate says: "Scheduling a 14hr day for BFM/AFM drivers is irresponsible ... yet currently legal. Focus on scheduler not the drivers."

streamlinetrucking says: "One rule for all drivers across the nation. The detachment of rules from states to territories is confusing and counterproductive. "

Buggo says: "Why can a driver within a 100km radius do up to 24hrs a day and a sales rep can travel 24hrs over 100km in a car with no fatigue plans."

streamlinetrucking says: "One rule for all drivers across the nation. The detachment of rules from states to territories is confusing and counter productive. "

Dananni says: "Make the fatigue hours flexible so as to have less people working when they aren't fit for duty and resting when they are. "

Shannon says: "Why is there no regulation on the vehicle being equipped with an appropriate bunk and cooling system?"

Reggie123 says: "There needs to be a minimum standard for sleeper cabin dimensions and heating/cooling for driver, a 55cm bed is common, unsuitable IMHO."

bencannon says: "Authorities need to stop treating drivers like 'bad guys' and being out to get us. Focus on safety, not on handing out fines."

Andyk says: "Stop fining drivers for going over hours for simply starting 1 hour before you started the day before even though they have had a 7hr break."

truckright says: "Drivers with years of experience should be given credit for good records, not major fines for minor breaches. Flexibility is crucial."

FSCCWLE says: "I believe that we need to make laws national, a truck should be able to leave Queensland and travel to Victoria and be legal all the way "

RareSense says: "Simply - ONE national licence for ALL states with ONE set of traffic laws with CoR obligations across them ALL."

Andyk says: "The majority of us try and do the right thing, to be fined thousands of dollars for a simple mistake is wrong."

jidenni says: "First/last mile issues are crippling small industry & preventing people earning a livelihood. A more comprehensive solution is required NOW."

Big Rigs


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