New transport minister wants education over enforcement

New Qld transport minister promises education over enforcement on the State's roads.

By Michael House

Queensland’s new transport minister, Rachel Nolan, has promised to favour education over enforcement on the State’s roads.

Nolan says she believes educating truckies on fatigue laws, road safety and loading requirements will result in safer transport routes.

"The department fully supports this approach to educate first rather than go straight to enforcement because it has found that working together with industry to achieve road safety is extremely beneficial," Nolan says.

However, she says this does not mean road checks and fines will fall by the wayside.

"The educative process is underpinned by on-road enforcement where vehicles are stopped and checks are undertaken to ensure that drivers have not exceeded their legal operating hours, and that loads are properly secured and vehicles are safe," she says.

Nolan, who is also campaigns for environmental protection, says she also wants to work on developing measures to cut carbon emissions from all vehicles.

Since being appointed, Nolan says she has contacted the Queensland Trucking Association to organise meetings to discuss the industry’s concerns.

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