While the TWU supports in-principle the changes to laws on the M1 which will restrict heavy vehicles from the overtaking lane, the threat of losing demerit points is an unnecessary step says Peter Biagini, TWU QLD Branch Secretary.
“We are not opposed to trucks being limited to the two left lanes” said Biagini today.
“The fact of the matter is that heavy vehicles are already regulated, with vehicles speed limited to 100km/h, there is limited situations where it is necessary for them to use the overtaking lane regardless”
“A truck driver’s license is their livelihood, and until we see that there will be actual policing of the current laws regarding keeping left unless overtaking for all vehicles, we cannot support threatening the jobs of working people – particularly when this law is restricted to a single stretch of highway”
“The current laws are rarely seen to be enforced, and the worry is that truck drivers will be unnecessarily singled out – creating an uneven playing field”
“These penalties being proposed are above and beyond what is placed on a normal road user, and as such are likely to significantly increase the pressure on truckies”
“No truck driver wants to break the law. Instead, the Government and police should be looking at the pressures that are being applied through the supply chain onto the working people of Queensland”
The TWU will continue to liaise with the current Government on the best way forward.
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