|Issue No 63
|21 July 2000
Inquiry Blows Lid on Long Distance Trucking
The NSW Motor Accidents Authority Safety Inquiry into the Long Distance Trucking Industry commenced public hearings in Newcastle today.
Chaired by Professor Michael Quinlan, from the School of Industrial Relations and Organisational Behaviour at the University of NSW, the inquiry is investigating current levels of safety in the industry.
As part of this process the inquiry is convening a number of public hearings in NSW, Victoria and Queensland taking submission on impact of clients requirements, current forms of regulation and enforcement, and the realities of excessive driving hours, speeding and drug use in the industry.
In Newcastle today the inquiry heard oral submissions from a number of drivers in the industry, their wives and family members, and members of both the Transport Worker's Union and the Concerned Families of Australian Truckies.
The submissions focussed on the realities of living and working in the long distance trucking industry and will include evidence on increasing pressures and demands on drivers in the industry that are forcing them to drive excessive hours, take drugs, or speed at the risk to both their health and safety and the health and safety of every other Australian road user.
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