VicRoads delegates and ASU officials have been in lengthy discussions with senior management over recent days regarding the resumption of drive tests. This follows our meeting with Roads Minister Jaala Pulford about this matter.
As a result of negotiations between the ASU and VicRoads, drive tests will recommence on Monday 15 June with the safety measured outlined below
- A maximum of 3 people in a vehicle.
- Use of surgical face masks compulsory for the next four weeks for all parties in the vehicle. Evaluationto reassess ongoing inclusion in Safe Operating Procedure. VicRoads will provide these masks.
- Use of non- contact temperature checks compulsory for the next four weeks for all parties in the vehicle.evaluation to reassess ongoing inclusion in Safe Operating Procedure.
- Updating of Safe Operating Procedure to explicitly include support for licence testing officer’s right to refuse a test.
- Updating of intended training materials for Frontline Leaders to explicitly inform them of the required support for licence testing officer’s right to refuse a test, and appropriate escalation channels.
- Commitment to ensure vulnerable staff can withdraw from drive tests for the time being, by presenting a medical certificate. This would apply where an LTO or the family member of an LTO has a medical condition that could put them at risk and allow adequate time to seek certificate.
- Commitment to existing Victorian Government special leave provisions for COVID-19 leave entitlements for permanent and agency staff.
VicRoads management has confirmed that resumption of drive tests will not impact current restrictions on the number of people currently allowed in CSCs.
ASU delegates and HSRs will closely monitor the implementation of these commitments around drive tests. If agreed standards are not met, the ASU will fully support any action required by members to uphold them.
In other news, senior ASU leaders will meet with the minister next week to discuss the next steps about conversion of Agency staff. The ASU is determined to ensure that this matter is addressed and resolved once and for all.
Once again, we thank our fantastic members, delegates, and HSRs across VicRoads for their tireless work on this.
For further information please contact:
ASU Organiser Matt Price | firstname.lastname@example.org