Driver fatigue or drowsy driving is an important safety hazard for the road transport industry. Fatigue laws apply to fatigue-regulated heavy vehicles.
Work time and rest time must be counted in a certain way and record keepers must keep a record of specific information for drivers of fatigue regulated heavy vehicles.
An Electronic Work Diary (EWD) is an electronic device or system approved by the NHVR, to monitor and record the work and rest times of a driver and will be a voluntary alternative to the written work diary.
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.
The NHVR is seeking feedback on a proposed national work and rest exemption notice that would provide up to an hour of additional work time to allow drivers to use a fatigue regulated heavy vehicle for personal activities.
For the purpose of operating under the National Heavy Vehicle Accreditation Scheme (NHVAS) fatigue management module, operators may need their drivers, schedulers, and supervisors or managers of drivers or schedulers, to complete fatigue units of competency offered by Registered Training
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.