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Experienced foreign livestock truck drivers at back of licensing queue amid labour crisis



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Skilled livestock truck drivers emigrating to Australia to fill employee shortages have been pissed off by wait time necessities to entry licences. 

Employers are presently determined for anybody certified to work, but skilled worldwide drivers have been unable to get on the highway as a consequence of licensing laws.

Mark Thornton is a livestock transporter with 18 years of expertise from the UK, who lately entered the nation on a working visa with the intention of discovering employment within the business.

He approached the Division of Transport workplace in Perth, hoping to ebook a a number of mixture heavy car check.

Mr Thornton obtained a heavy inflexible licence, which doesn’t permit him to function livestock transport automobiles, and was instructed to attend 12 months till he might sit his a number of mixture licence.

Presently, he’s sweeping the storage flooring for Mitchell’s Livestock Transport.

“In the event that they require me to do a licence check let me do it tomorrow or the following day and have it over and finished with.

“If I move it I needs to be expert sufficient to drive. If I do not move it, honest sufficient.”

Two trucks parked against each other.
Mr Thornton was granted a Heavy Inflexible license, which might permit him to solely be capable to function the truck on the best.(Provided: Gloria O’Connor)

A goose chase to search out options

After talking with one other Division of Transport department, Mr Thornton may be capable to sit the a number of mixture heavy car check by the top of June.

His employer, John Mitchell, the chief government of Mitchell’s Livestock Transport, has been serving to him with the method.

Mr Mitchell thinks extra needs to be finished round licensing points.

“It is a small win, [but] we have to get some actual structural change. It’s so straightforward to make and no threat to the general public,” Mr Mitchell stated.

He couldn’t consider how troublesome the method was to get an skilled driver a licensing check, and each he and Mr Thornton are calling for change.

“What’s the distinction in me driving for 18 years, taking a check at present, or taking one in a 12 months’s time?” Mr Thornton stated.

Livestock road train parked near the road.
Veteran driver Mr Thornton will transport livestock for Mitchell’s when he obtains his licence.(Provided: Mitchell’s Livestock Transport)

Mr Mitchell desires skilled drivers to be prioritised, irrespective of the place they got here from.

“The very last thing we need to do is introduce folks onto the highway who aren’t protected and are not competent, it’s actually a no brainer,” Mr Mitchell stated.

Situation addressed however not resolved

Livestock and Rural Transport Affiliation of Western Australia chief government Jan Cooper is lobbying to fight the extreme labour scarcity.

She has requested for rural truck drivers to be added to the Australian Agricultural Visa that was introduced final 12 months, and for a overview of a few of the licensing laws set by the state authorities.

“Each driver is essential to us in the meanwhile,” she stated.

“What we’d like in the meanwhile are some downside solvers to sit down down and recognise that the business cannot repair this downside with out some assist from the federal government.”

The Division of Transport has been contacted for remark.