The National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) will meet heavy vehicle operators as part of a ground-breaking study into fatigue monitoring technology.
NHVR Fatigue Specialist, Andreas Blahous, said an independent research team was seeking expressions of interest from transport companies and manufacturers to take part in the independently-run safety project.
“We’ve asked independent research specialists to look at ways the NHVR can encourage the broader use of the different fatigue and distraction detection technology operators are already using,” said Blahous.
“Operators told us at a Fatigue Safety Forum last October, that this technology has the ability to identify fatigue incidents before they occur.
“We’ll be looking to learn from existing projects such as the Queensland Trucking Association’s Heavy Vehicle Safety Around Ports program and the Smart Truck program but we see a unique opportunity for operators to contribute their experiences and make a real and positive difference to safety on our roads,” he said.
The NHVR recently appointed a team from CQ University and HGH Consultants to work with companies currently using, or having previously used, detection technology and devices in their business.
All data will be treated confidentially and not be identifiable in analysis as belonging to the company.
“This is an opportunity for companies to be part of a broader industry pilot as the next stage of the project,” said Blahous. “The research team will ask operators to provide access to data, discussions with staff and drivers using the technology.”
Expressions of interest are due by 21 May.
The NHVR will also be hosting two seminars at the Brisbane Truck Show on Thursday 16 May (commencing 3.40pm) and Saturday 19 May (commencing 11.40am).
Earlier this month, Blahous said Advanced Fatigue Management (AFM) allows operators to propose their own hours and rules to meet the unique demands of their operations, rather than sticking to prescriptive work and rest hours.