Heavy vehicle work diary exemption extended

THE National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NVHR) will renew its 160km work diary exemption for primary producers transporting produce.

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The NHVR has eased work diary requirements for primary producers. Image courtesy NHVR.

NHVR Productivity and Safety executive director, Geoff Casey, said the National Primary Production Work Diary Exemption 2018 would continue the exemption for drivers of vehicles over 12 tonnes transporting primary produce within a 160km radius of their base.

"The current Notice extending the 100km limit to 160km was first trialled in 2015 and is due to end on 4 October," Casey said.

"A review by the NHVR found that there was no evidence linking the exemption to any safety concerns over the past three years."

The Notice will continue to apply to fatigue-regulated heavy vehicles transporting primary produce between a primary production facility and a point-of-sale, processing or distribution (including return journey facility) within 160km of the driver's base.<...