No to compulsory telematics

In responding to the NTC draft vehicle telematics strategy paper, the Australian Trucking Association has responded by saying any telematics program to the trucking industry must be voluntary and focus on compliance rather than enforcement.

“There are numerous challenges facing the trucking industry and government that could be addressed by the use of voluntary telematics, as an aid to policy implementation,” said the ATA’s submission to the NTC. “All these areas require rigourous policy development. Telematics itself is not a solution.

“The preferred method for achieving compliance should be to educate, facilitate, reward and encourage. If compliance is the norm, enforcement is secondary. The continuous monitoring of all drivers for any non-compliance would not be a normal approach in a democratic society.”

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