Heavy vehicle drivers and operators must make the switch to the new National Driver Work Diary by this weekend.
National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) Chief Executive, Sal Petroccitto, says Sunday, 10 August, marks the end of the six-month change-over period following the introduction of the new work diary on 10 February 2014.
"From midnight, 12.00am, on Monday morning, 11 August, drivers need to be recording their work and rest time in the new work diary," said Mr Petroccitto.
"The commencement of the Heavy Vehicle National Law earlier this year saw the new work diary roll out in Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia, but we wanted to give industry time to make the change.
"I urge drivers travelling in and through these states who have yet to make the switch, to pick up a copy as soon as possible," Mr Petroccitto said.
In those states where the new fatigue laws apply, all drivers of fatigue-regulated heavy vehicles (more than 12 tonne GVM) who:
- drive more than 100km from their home base; or
- operate under Basic Fatigue Management or Advanced Fatigue Management
must complete a work diary to record their work and rest times unless they have a work diary exemption.
Exemptions may also be available to heavy vehicle drivers operating under standard hours, who cannot make records in their work diary because of literacy issues or a print disability.
The updated work diary is on sale for $20 across the country, including those states and territories where the national law or work diary provisions have not commenced. Visit www.nhvr.gov.au/diary-locations for points of sale.
For more information on how the work diary applies in each state or territory, visit www.nhvr.gov.au/workdiary or call 1300 MYNHVR (1300 696 487).