The National Road Transport Association (NatRoad) has opposed the increases in penalties in the Heavy Vehicle National Law (HNVL) which came into effect on 1 July. The increases have been set in line with inflation.
“The indexation of infringement and offence fines is opposed,” NatRoad CEO Warren Clark said.
“There is a wholesale review of the HVNL underway and increasing the amount, for example, that heavy vehicle drivers must pay if they make an error in a work diary is misplaced.
“The rationale for indexing these offences is the deterrence factor they offer in the compliance and enforcement framework. They should not be used as a revenue raising device based on miscalculation or clerical error when these matters have very little to do with proper management of fatigue.”
Mr Clark notes workers in other industries do not face such penalties for errors.
“If office workers were fined the new amount of $171.00 every time they made an error there would be an uproar in most workplaces. Yet that is what heavy vehicle drivers face every day,” Mr Clark said.
“It is a disgrace.
“The HVNL in-built indexing mechanism should be set aside during the course of the current review and the offence regime overhauled as soon as possible.”
Details of the increased HVNL penalties can be found here.