Pit-stop for truckies targets driver fatigue

Truck driver Graham Veitch enjoys water provided by NZ Transport Agency transport officer Greg Sims (left), Road Transport Association Otago and Southland area executive Alan Cooper and Sergeant Andrew Savage in Saddle Hill yesterday. Photo: Stephen Jaqui
Truck driver Graham Veitch enjoys water provided by NZ Transport Agency transport officer Greg Sims (left), Road Transport Association Otago and Southland area executive Alan Cooper and Sergeant Andrew Savage in Saddle Hill yesterday. Photo: Stephen Jaquiery
Truck drivers passing through Dunedin on long-hauls yesterday were treated to a free hydration pit-stop.

Police, the NZ Transport Agency and the Road Transport Association pulled over commercial trucks on State Highway 1 near Saddle Hill during a half-day operation tackling driver fatigue.

Drivers were given bottles of water and caps, as well as information about sleep apnea and how to avoid fatigue.

Sergeant Andrew Savage, of Dunedin, said they were also checking the basic safety requirements for drivers, such as sobriety, working hours and logbooks.

Out of 110 drivers stopped, only two were pulled aside for logbook infringements and working hour issues.

''There were a couple of issues, but nothing major. It's been pretty good.''

Fatigue was one of the main targets of road policing, he said.

''The key message that we're getting across is that it's the driver's responsibility to come to work rested.''

jono.edwards@odt.co.nz

 

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