NatRoad Relieved After NTC Backs Down On Hours Cut

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The National Transport Commission’s backdown on cutting driver operating hours is a victory for common sense, the National Road Transport Association said today.

NatRoad CEO Warren Clark questioned why the proposal advanced as far as it did.

“This idea had industry-wrecking potential and should never have gone past the ‘thought bubble’ stage,” Mr Clark said.

“Safety is paramount for my members and we will always support sensible proposals for improvements that are based on sound evidence. This was not.

“On the NTC’s own admission, rather than reduce fatigue, it could have had the opposite effect by forcing some drivers into second jobs.

“It is symptomatic of the wider problem that the National Heavy Vehicle Law reform process is broken and needs a re-design.”