Tasmania to commence national fatigue laws from 30 March 2015


From 30 March 2015, fatigue provisions of the Heavy Vehicle National Law will commence in Tasmania. The NHVR and the Department of State Growth are working closely to prepare Tasmanian operators and drivers for key changes, including introduction of the National Driver’s Work Diary, record keeping requirements and changes to work and rest hours.

The national law will cover "fatigue-regulated heavy vehicles", which are:

  • vehicles with a gross vehicle mass (GVM) of over 12t
  • combinations when the total of the GVM is over 12t
  • buses over 4.5t GVM with a seating capacity of more than 12 adults (including the driver)
  • a truck or a combination including a truck, with a GVM of over 12t with a machine or implement attached to it.

The NHVR will hold industry information sessions in March to outline what these changes mean for all industry sectors.

Each session will outline the provisions in the heavy vehicle national law relating to fatigue including:

  • work and rest hours
  • flexible work arrangements such as Basic Fatigue Management and Advanced Fatigue Management
  • how to complete a work diary
  • how to keep records for drivers
  • Chain of Responsibility.

There will be ample time in the sessions for participants to ask questions.

Information sessions (no RSVP required)

11 March 2015 - Hobart
Session 1 – 12.00pm to 2.00pm
Session 2 – 4.00pm to 6.00pm
Derwent Entertainment Centre
618 Brooker Hwy, Glenorchy 7010

12 March 2015 - Launceston
Session 1 – 12.00pm to 2.00pm
Session 2 – 4.00pm to 6.00pm
Tailrace Centre Launceston
1 Waterfront Drive, Riverside Launceston 7520

13 March 2015 – Burnie
Session 1 – 12.00pm to 2.00pm
Session 2 – 4.00pm to 6.00pm
Burnie Arts and Function Centre
Wilmot Street, Burnie 7320