HEAVY vehicle drivers who carry out primary production journeys in Queensland will no longer have to carry and record information in a National Driver Work Diary if travelling or working less than 160km from their base.
The National Heavy Vehicle Regulator's (NHVR) newly appointed CEO, Sal Petroccitto, last week announced that from June 1, 2014, the work diary exemption area would increase from a 100km to 160km radius for Queensland primary producers and their transport providers.
"This means less paperwork for fatigue management without compromising driver or public safety," Mr Petroccitto said.
"The NHVR has listened to the primary industry sector and moved quickly to safely reduce red tape for these operators and their transporters."
Industry groups AgForce and the Livestock and Rural Transporters Association of Queensland (LRTAQ) have welcomed the NHVR's decision.
"This is a common sense outcome for primary producers and will go towards reducing burdensome paperwork requirements for the rural sector," said AgForce transport spokesman Grant Maudsley.
LRTAQ president David Scott also expressed his support.
"I commend the NHVR for listening to industry and for working with us in the development of this exemption. I look forward to seeing the benefits delivered to our members," Mr Scott said.
Although exempt drivers won't need to carry and record information in a work diary, record keepers for primary producers and their transport providers are reminded to still keep records of work and rest time.
Record keepers must also keep a copy of payment records relating to the driver, including time sheet records if the driver is paid according to time at work.
These records must be kept at the record location for a period of three years.
All other heavy vehicle drivers in Queensland are still required to complete a work diary for work outside the standard 100km radius, as set out in the Heavy Vehicle National Law which became effective from February 10 this year.
For more information, the work diary exemption for Queensland primary producers fact sheet can be downloaded from the 'Publications' section of the NHVR website at
For more information on recording work and rest times, the National Driver Work Diary and other possible exemptions, visit http://www.nhvr.gov.au or call 1300 MYNHVR (1300 696 487).