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New report highlights fatigue management tactics

The National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) said that the National Roads and Motorists’ Association’s (NRMA) latest report, Dead Tired, would provide key recommendations to continue to address driver fatigue.

NHVR CEO, Sal Petroccitto, said the report highlighted education and technology as key fatigue management tactics to ensure safety across the heavy vehicle and freight industry.

"When someone drives a heavy vehicle while impaired by fatigue, they put all road users at risk," said Petroccitto.

"It's critical that operators understand how to identify and manage fatigue, not only to ensure compliance with Chain of Responsibility and the Heavy Vehicle National Law, but most importantly to keep our roads safe.

"The NHVR welcomes the findings and recommendations in NRMA's Dead Tired report, which will provide a platform for improved fatigue management and innovation within the heavy vehicle industry."

Petroccitto said the NHVR continues to work closely with the heavy vehicle supply chain to ensure there is ongoing support for drivers to properly manage fatigue.

"In early-2018, we will commence assessing and approving the use of Electronic Work Diaries (EWDs) to monitor and record the work and rest times of heavy vehicle operators," he said.

"The introduction of EWDs will be an important step forward in providing a more effective and efficient way for drivers and operators to manage fatigue.

"And we are continuing to examine initiatives that assist drivers to better manage fatigue."

A recent roadside survey conducted by the NHVR showed that 94 per cent of heavy vehicle drivers were complying with their work diary and fatigue regulations. More than 5,000 vehicles were stopped as part of the survey, conducted in September.

The NHVR recently announced its trading hours over the Christmas break.

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