Stop talking about it and do something
THE National Heavy Vehicle Regulator's top boss said "flexibility to give drivers a greater say in managing their work and rest so they don't have to waste time waiting for arbitrary limits before recommencing work” was one possibility to reduce stress on drivers.
Sal Petroccitto made the comment in his latest column for Big Rigs after meeting many at the Brisbane Truck Show who raised the topic with him.
Brad Porter wondered "if anybody ever stops to think that maybe the one-size-fits- all approach to fatigue law has actually been the cause of some of the fatigue-related fatalities on our roads?”
"Just because the law says you must be tired and to rest now doesn't mean that you will be properly rested and ready to drive when the book says you can but commercial pressures dictate that because the book says you are good to go you must press on when those kilometres could have been driven yesterday when you weren't fatigued,” he said.
Shane Bills said maybe they needed to ask the West Australian Government why they didn't use the eastern states' policy for fatigue management.