From 1st May 2014 new rules* comes into effect for long distance road transporters. Long distance is defined as trips exceeding 500km.
* per Road Safety Remuneration Act 2012 - Remuneration Tribunal Order 2014
The key requirements include:
- Adverse Conduct Protection – to protect drivers from unreasonable pressure.
- Written Contracts – employers or hirer must provide drivers with a written employment contract prior to commencing work, and specifies the matters to be included in the contract.
- Safe Driving Plans – Employer must prepare written safe driving plans for long distance transport vehicles greater than 4.5 tonnes.
- Plans to include:
- Copy to be given to drivers;
- State employer/hirer and participants in the supply chain;
- State all pickup and delivery locations;
- Vehicle registration, make & model of vehicles to be used;
- Fatigue management system to be used;
- Drivers to declare pre-departure; current driver’s licence for class of vehicle, fit to drive, received training, vehicle inspected and any defects rectified;
- Anticipated timeframes and distances for each leg and breaks;
- Potential risks e.g. fatigue, vehicle fitness, speed, communication, animals, vegetation, weather, visibility and means to control the risks;
- How to report of any problems e.g. compliance with plan or rules;
- Ability for driver to take additional breaks if needed, and advise employer;
- Driver to sign declaration on completion of the trip that the safe driving plan is true & correct;
- Driver to return completed and signed safe driving plan to employer within 48 hours, or as soon as possible;
- Provide for driver to record, where practical witnessed signature from participant in supply chain, time of departure for each pickup and delivery;
- Driver to record actual distances (per odometer readings) and times for each leg, unless electronic system used;
- Participants in supply chain to witness compliance with the plan;
- Employer to monitor returned safety driving plans to ensure compliance
- Drugs & Alcohol Policy – Employer to have a written drug & alcohol policy, and ensure all drivers are trained in the policy, per specified requirements including repercussions of any breach of the policy.