The National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) has announced it will conduct a multi-agency fatigue compliance operation in the lead up to Christmas and urged operators of heavy vehicles to to take care during a period in which drivers were even more susceptible to the affects of fatigue.
NHVR Chief Operations Officer Paul Salvati said the latest Operation Wake Up, coordinated by the NHVR, was underway across Australia with Authorised Officers checking drivers for compliance with fatigue regulations.
“Making sure that you’re managing your fatigue is one of the most important things you can do as a heavy vehicle operator to keep yourself and other road users safe,” he said.
“So far we’ve spoken to 2392 drivers and we are taking the opportunity to provide them with information and education."
Salvati said there are also productivity benefits of complying with fatigue guidelines with an average delay for compliant vehicles of 15 minutes, compared to an average delay of 29 minutes for non-compliant vehicles.
The NHVR’s recent 'Tell a Mate' campaign reminds drivers to recognise the signs of fatigue and urges them to take a break in order to get home safe.