Heavy vehicle drivers will now be fined if they are caught using the old National Driver Work Diary.
In February the new National Driver Work Diary was introduced and the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator allowed drivers a six month grace period, which ended on August 10, to switch from the old diary to the new diary.
Unfortunately a number of heavy vehicle drivers in the Barossa and surrounding regions are not aware of this new regulation and it was only by chance that Sherinne Schuster from E and L Schuster and Son found out about the new diary.
“I found out about the new diary through a friend who found out about it by accident while he was at the motor vehicle registration office talking to a truck driver,” Sherinne said.
“All heavy vehicle truck drivers need to have the new work diary to fall in to line with the new National Heavy Vehicle Regulator.
“I am disappointed that owners and operators of farms and other non-truckie businesses (that are required to use the new diary as they may have the odd driver that travels over 100 kilometres every once and a while) haven’t been notified of the change.
“We understand they are trying to keep the roads as safe as possible and stop bosses from being able to flog their drivers.
“It’s just a shame that we weren’t informed about it.”
Under the new fatigue laws all drivers who drive more than a 12 tonne gross vehicle weight (GVM) are required to complete the work diary to record their work and rest times if they drive more than 100 kilometres from their home base or operate under the Basic fatigue Management or Advanced Fatigue Management.
The updated work diary will be available for $20 from the same places where the old diary was sold.
For more information on the new National Driver Work Diary and to find out where to purchase them visit nhvr.gov.au/workdiary.
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