National fatigue compliance remains steady


The NHVR has welcomed the response from heavy vehicle drivers who continue to meet fatigue laws, following a recent national operation.

NHVR Chief Operations Officer Paul Salvati said the national operation Wake Up, held during April, inspected more than 4400 vehicles across 105 locations in all states and territories, except Northern Territory.

“Of the fatigue-related vehicles there were 3272 compliant drivers, which was 93 per cent – a similar level to the national operations conducted last year,” Mr Salvati said.

“Those drivers operating under Basic Fatigue Management recorded more than 96 per cent compliance rate while there were no breaches for drivers operating under Advanced Fatigue Management.

“I would particularly like to thank the 194 officers from a variety of police, transport and workplace health and safety agencies across the country that took part in Operation Wake Up.

“A lot of the data was collected through the NHVR Compliance app, which allowed real time analysis and information to be coordinated between the NHVR and on-road officers.”

Almost one-in-five fatigue offences were the result of exceeding historical work hours, while 17 per cent were for not making a work diary entry.

Overall compliance rate was 80 per cent with 18 critical offences leading to further investigation and a further 11 severe mechanical or mass offences which required heavy vehicles to be grounded.

Mr Salvati said the average delay for compliant vehicles was 13 minutes, compared to an average delay of 27 minutes for non-compliant vehicles.

Top 5 Fatigue Offences

  • 18.3% – exceeding driving hours (historical)
  • 17.9% – not making work diary entries
  • 10.7% – exceeding driving hours (current)
  • 8.7% – not carrying a work diary
  • 6.3% – false or misleading work diary entries
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