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NTC decision on working hours welcomed

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The National Transport Commission (NTC) has dropped the pursuit of a reduction of weekly working hours for truck drivers.

Assistant Minister for Road Safety and Freight Transport, Scott Buchholz has welcomed the decision.

“I welcome the decision by the NTC today to maintain working hours for truck drivers,” he says. “This is a common sense outcome, a win for our industry and for truck drivers across Australia.”

“Assistant Minister Buchholz thanked all parties for the constructive way in which they worked to resolve the issue.”

Dr Gillian Miles, NTC Chief Executive Officer and Commissioner says the transport commission has listened to industry feedback, and sought the views of jurisdictions, and will not propose a reduction in weekly hours of truck drivers to Ministers.

“A number of fatigue issues were on the table at our workshop this week, and it was important to hear firsthand from industry, in their own words, why the current outer weekly limits for fatigue are fit for purpose for Australia and its particular geography and supply chains,” Gillian says.

Minister Scott Buchholz says there are arrangements in place to manage fatigue, ensuring safe driving practices are in place and the industry continues to work hard to improve safety

“I also thank the NTC for listening and taking on board the feedback from the industry and working to resolve the issue with their statement earlier today, clarifying this matter for our industry, which is working to hard professionalise.”

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