Long remote eyre highway in Nullarbor plain of Western Australia with lonely road train truck and tourist caravan van between eucalyptus woods.
Long remote eyre highway in Nullarbor plain of Western Australia with lonely road train truck and tourist caravan van between eucalyptus woods. zetter

It's not safe policing, it's revenue raising

THERE needs to be a little grace when it comes to work diaries, said Shannon Jeffes.

"Fining drivers for five or six minutes over, or cutting a break short by a couple of minutes isn't safety policing, it's just pure revenue and stand- over bullying,” he said.

"The main thing wrong with the work diary is the count back (or forward). Once a major break has been had, it should start again from there, whether you're on a 12hr, 14hr or AFM book.”

Noel Aird said one point that was not recognised was that the current set-up forced drivers to drive when fatigued or rest when they weren't tired. "I know my body and at 2am I need an hour sleep no matter how long I've been on the road, however a lot of the time I'm forced to push through because if I don't it will disrupt the whole 'in a 24hr period' crap. Plus there is no punishment for companies delaying drivers or forcing time slots.”