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Fatigue Management Rules for Truck Drivers

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November 27, 2014

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Long distance truck drivers would be very familiar with the fatigue management rules. Planning work times, rest times and filling out the work diary are integral parts of the job. The strict rules mean that you must plan your trips carefully to ensure the numerous required breaks are taken. While fatigue rules are undoubtedly important for safety, it can be difficult to balance them with the needs of a trucking business. The National Heavy Vehicle Law recognises this and allows exemptions from the standard fatigue rules for operators who demonstrate high […]


Safely Loading and Restraining Goods

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October 27, 2014

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Safely loading and restraining goods is an important aspect of safe trucking. Poor loading practices pose a risk to the safety of both the driver and other road users. The most obvious danger is that a poorly restrained load could fall off, either onto or into the path of other vehicles. However, poor loading can also allow goods to shift on the vehicle. This can destabilize the truck and impact on how it handles. As well as being dangerous, poor loading is illegal. The National Heavy Vehicle Laws include loading standards. […]


Notice to Provide Document and Information – Heavy Vehicle Offences

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October 10, 2014

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Most truckies have experienced being stopped by the authorities for a random vehicle check. As such, most are familiar with the inspectors’ roadside powers to stop, measure and weigh vehicles, examine work diaries and check permits. What many are less familiar with are the ‘off road’ investigation powers. The National Heavy Vehicle Law gives investigators the power to demand the production of documents and information about vehicles and loads from certain people. It is an offence not to comply, carrying a maximum fine of several thousand dollars. The investigators will use […]


Record Fines of $1.25 Million for Speeding Trucks Company

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June 11, 2014

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Last week a NSW Magistrate imposed fines of $1.25 million against trucking company Scott’s Transport. The fines were for 165 speeding and speed limiter compliance offences. The company’s director and manager were held personally responsible for the offences. The fines are a record win for the Roads and Maritime Services in their crackdown on compliance in the transport industry. The Magistrate’s decision sends several clear messages. Firstly, the authorities are taking offences involving heavy vehicles extremely seriously. For several years now the Roads and Maritime Services has been has been conducting […]

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