QTA calls for common sense on hoon laws

QTA lays into privacy laws due to inability of companies to know if drivers continue to be licensed or not

November 11, 2013

Queensland Trucking Association CEO Peter Garske has reinforced his organisation’s concern that enforcement of
stronger anti-hoon laws avoid impinging on transport company operations.

Garske was commenting after police, reportedly citing the toughened regulations,
confiscated the numberplates of a Kurtz Transport truck after the driver was found to have lost his licence.

"Apart from the shear [sic] inconvenience significant cost can be incurred by the owner/operator of the vehicle not to mention the value of the freight and or the needs of a customer," he notes in a message to his members.

In calling for a common sense approach to the law’s enforcement, he notes that the QTA "was at no stage consulted about this legislation, which is not surprising if the consequence for heavy vehicles is unintended".

Garske also laid into the present situation regarding what trucking companies are able to know about their drivers licence situation, in a statement in line with the feelings of other state and federal trucking bodies.

"The actions of the last week serve to highlight the stupidity of privacy laws which prevent employers/operators from ready access to an employed drivers ‘driving history’," he says.

"QTA Ltd notes the recent amendments to WorkCover Legislation providing employers with improved access to WorkCover history of their employees."

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