Union seeks safeguards, feedback on black boxes

TWU to gauge member support for black boxes and says the devices must be targeted at holding supply chain accountable

Union seeks safeguards, feedback on black boxes
Union seeks safeguards, feedback on black boxes
By Brad Gardner | November 29, 2012

The Transport Workers Union (TWU) will gauge member support for black boxes in trucks, but has already declared the devices must not be used to target drivers.

Speaking in the wake of Lindsay Fox announcing his campaign to have black boxes installed in all trucks, TWU National Secretary Tony Sheldon says they can potentially play an important part in road safety if used to hold clients accountable.

He says the technology should be employed when conducting a safety assessment, with legal restrictions imposed to only allow for the use of black boxes in the event of an emergency.

"There must be legal safeguards to ensure drivers maintain their personal privacy, the same approach the TWU has taken on behalf of our members in the bus industry," Sheldon says.

"Over the coming weeks the TWU will be surveying our members throughout the country on how black box technology could be most effectively implemented throughout the industry."

The Australian Logistics Council (ALC) supports the mandatory use of black boxes in line-haul vehicles to monitor driver compliance with speed and fatigue management laws.

Fox told A Current Affair the boxes, which are installed in Linfox trucks, would improve road safety.

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