Hughie issues Christmas warning to trucking operators

Queensland's TWU boss says operators must not put drivers at risk over Christmas by forcing them to break fatigue laws

December 17, 2009

The head of the Queensland Transport Workers Union has urged trucking companies not to pressure drivers to break fatigue laws over Christmas.

Hughie Williams says truck drivers should not be forced to work excessive hours to make sure shelves are stocked over the busy holiday period.

"The lives of truck drivers, motorists and families are more important than a Christmas turkey," Williams says.

Citing figures from Queensland Transport, Williams says there have been 54 heavy vehicle fatalities on the State’s roads this year.

According to Williams, the 13 percent increase over the previous five-year average has been driven mostly by fatigue.

Unless accredited in basic fatigue management or advanced fatigue management, drivers must limit their work day to 12 hours.

Williams has also urged motorists to play a role by planning their trips and respecting heavy vehicles on the roads.

"If we all play our part we should be able to enjoy a fatality free Christmas," he says.

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