Driver fatigue or drowsy driving is an important safety hazard for the road transport industry. Fatigue laws apply to fatigue-regulated heavy vehicles.
Operators and drivers can apply for work and rest hours, work diary and record keeping exemptions if they cannot reasonably work under the legislated fatigue management requirements.
Drivers of fatigue-regulated vehicles must comply with certain maximum work and minimum rest limits. There are three work and rest options available under the HVNL.
A work diary is evidence that a driver’s work and rest hours are compliant with the law and that their fatigue is being managed.
A voluntary alternative to the written work diary An Electronic Work Diary (EWD) is an electronic device or system to monitor and record the work and rest times of a driver. In 2017 EWDs will be introduced as a voluntary