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Channel 7 Privacy StoryChannel 7 Privacy News Story 30th Oct
On 30 October, Chanel 7 News ran an excellent story SARTA's frustrations with the Government's inaction in resolving the current privacy barrier that prevents police telling truck owners about serious on-road dangerous behaviour of their drivers, including drug use.
We have been pushing for a change to the privacy laws, or any other solution that effectively allows police to tell the owners. Currently police can be prosecuted under the privacy laws if they do.
The reporter got a couple of facts wrong, implying that the issue relates to defects as well, but that doesn't matter. He also quoted me as saying that notes on the Work Diaries by police could easily be doctored, when I actually said those Work Diaries would just disappear out the window, literally.
The key point was well made no it was obvious that the Attorney General is very conscious that he must find a solution.
The Government has been telling us for most of this year that they are working on it. We know that SAPol responded months ago to our detailed comments following the AG's suggestion that the Work Diaries be annotated by police, thus avoiding the need for police to TELL the owners. We dismissed this as ineffective.
So we are now applying more public pressure to get this important problem out from under the carpet and actually solved.
We started pushing for this 12 years ago under the former liberal government and the current push started in earnest 2 years ago.
The South Australian Road Transport Association (SARTA) commenced providing services to association members in 1908 as the Masters Carriers Association. SARTA is the recognised peak industry body for Road Transport in South Australia. SARTA has achieved a great deal for the Industry and all truck operators and drivers have benefited significantly from our work. Click this link for a summary of the major achievements in recent years. This alone is good enough reason for operators to support their Industry's peak body by becoming a member (our membership fees are very modest) , so that we can be even more effective.
SARTA provides a high level of professional services to its members and represents the industry generally when lobbying the Government for improved conditions on and off the road on issues ranging from driving hours reforms to routes and access issues. SARTA also plays a key role in Industrial Relations at the State and National levels, fighting hard to ensure that wages and conditions are kept at reasonable levels and are not blown out by Union demands.
SARTA Membership makes good business sense because we'll keep you informed on critical issues that affect your trucking business. If your organisation is not a member of SARTA you can not take advantage of the wide range of industry-specific information and support services that we provide to help members. For details click here.
SARTA's services and operations are managed by SAMS, which provides a wide range of specialist programs, products and services to SARTA members at heavily discounted rates.
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