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Industry insiders to attend fatigue safety forum

The National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) has confirmed it will engage with 30 industry members to better understand many of the initiatives currently used by operators and drivers as part of a fatigue safety forum.

Seeking industry input into driver fatigue and drowsiness detection and reducing regulation for fatigue safety, the NHVR will make the outcomes derived from the forum available ahead of a proposed wider review of the Heavy Vehicle National Law to be considered by Responsible Ministers expected later in the year.

With many heavy vehicle fatigue laws nearly 20 years old Sal Petroccitto, NHVR CEO said it was time to incorporate new ideas as part of its process to better manage driver fatigue.

“Better education, technology and new procedures are regularly emerging and it’s important that future fatigue regulation continues to encourage these initiatives,” he said.

“We’ll be asking those attending the forum to provide the essential elements for a new draft fatigue management regulatory framework, before undertaking wider industry consultation.”

Information that yielded improved understanding, monitoring and reporting of driver fatigue risks would also be sought.

“I support a comprehensive review of the fatigue laws and I believe most people in the industry feel the same way based on the wide ranging discussions we had with all sectors of the industry,” said Petroccitto.

The Fatigue Safety Forum will be held in Sydney on October 2-3.

(Image: Sal Petroccitto, NHVR CEO).

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