26 May 2021

Calls for mandatory e-logs for truckies

From Nine To Noon, 9:08 am on 26 May 2021
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As some truck drivers report driving over their hours to the point of exhaustion and danger, calls for mandatory e-logs and an accord across the transportation industry to take pressure off them.

Earlier this month, owner-operator truck driver Stephen Bryan Davies was sentenced after breaching his allowed work hours.

He drove 23 hours in a single day. Other drivers have reported driving 120 hours a week and say they have no choice but to lie about it. 

The Road Transport Forum, which represents commercial freight, says the whole supply chain is piling pressure on truck drivers, and is calling for an accord across the entire goods transportation industry and its associates to ameliorate the pressures on drivers. 

The RTF also wants to see the gradual introduction of electronic log books with GPS to eliminate opportunities for logbook discrepancies of drivers' hours.

Kathryn is joined by logging truck driver from Tokoroa Wayne Hill, who says he has seen drivers and companies fudging log books on a daily basis. 

Also Chief Executive of the Road Transport Forum, Nick Leggett and Jared Abbot, First Union's Secretary for Transport, Logistics and Manufacturing Division, who's calling for "Safe Rates".