Tropical Cyclone Debbie


Heavy vehicle access in NSW and Queensland

NHVR advises all heavy vehicle operators that the impact of Tropical Cyclone Debbie is causing disruptions to large parts of the Queensland and northern NSW state and local road networks.

Operators should consider delaying travel to affected areas where possible, drive to the conditions and speed limits on detour routes and never attempt to drive through floodwaters.

A Flood Recovery Road Access Group (FRRAG) has been established by Queensland Transport and Main Roads (TMR) and the Queensland Police Service (QPS) to provide help, information and emergency access to freight consignors and heavy vehicle transport operators travelling in central and north Queensland. The FRRAG hotline number is (07) 3066 5511 or alternatively you can email

Fatigue provisions

If working with or under the direction of emergency services including transporting relief supplies or working to restore essential utilities and services, an Emergency Services exemption may apply. The direction may be oral or written.

While the direction may exempt you from complying with work and rest limits and maintaining work diaries, they do not exempt an operator or a driver from managing fatigue or WHS obligations. If in any doubt, maintain work records.

If you are feeling fatigued at any time while operating a heavy vehicle you must stop work and rest immediately.