Trucking employers to find out what their drivers are up to

New law removes privacy restriction on police when it comes to reporting dodgy truck drivers.

Trucking employers to find out what their drivers are up to
South Australia transport minister Stephen Mullighan.


Taking effect today, a new South Australian road law gives police officers the power to inform the employers of truck drivers who who commit breaches while behind the wheel.

Transport operators or the registered owner of a heavy vehicle can be notified if a driver is caught driving dangerously or recklessly, driving unlicensed or disqualified, or driving without due care.

Employers can also be notified if the driver fails or refuses to complete a drug or alcohol test.

State transport minister Stephen Mullighan has previously described the new regulations as closing a "loophole".

He says the measure "will give the owners and operators of heavy vehicles greater control and certainty over their businesses, as well as making our roads safer for all South Australians".

South Australia Road Transport Association executive director Steve Shearer has described the new regulations as beneficial for all road users.

South Australia is acting as a trial case, with New South Wales, Victorian, Western Australian and Queensland governments adopting a wait-and-see approach to the new law, despite industry group lobbying for faster change.

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