Fatigue monitoring trial

The NHVR is undertaking a trial of fatigue safety related technologies to gain a greater understanding of how they work and are used. The trial is being conducted in five phases between January 2019 and June 2020. This is one of the actions the NHVR agreed to undertake in response to the Fatigue Safety Forum in October 2018.

The purpose of the trial is to determine how best to encourage industry uptake of technology that monitors drivers and detects fatigue and/or distraction. Fatigue and distraction detection technology/devices have the ability to identify incidents before they occur. The concept of preventing crashes rather than looking at them post event is a challenging but unique opportunity to make a real and positive difference in safety on our roads.

The NHVR will lead the trial but has appointed an independent project team of CQ Uni and HGH Consultants to work with selected companies at certain stages of the project. We will also engage regularly with industry and government stakeholders through established forums and meetings.

Phase 1 - Research

Phase 1 of the Fatigue Monitoring Trial involved an initial review of fatigue and distraction technology.  The NHVR has released a summary report of the Phase 1 findings. 

Phase 1 of the Fatigue Monitoring Trial is now complete, pending any editorial changes to the interim Phase 1 report when the trial concludes.

If you would like to discuss details of the full interim Phase 1 report please contact the NHVR. 

Phase 2 – Analysis

Phase 2 of the Fatigue Monitoring Trial involves interviews with operators currently using fatigue and distraction detection technologies, as well as analysis of records and data from operators currently using the technology to assist in identifying ways to facilitate the successful adoption and use of fatigue and distraction technology by the road freight industry.

Expressions of Interest (closed)

The NHVR sought expressions of interest from transport companies (and appropriate manufacturers) to participate in an independently run safety project looking at ways to facilitate the broader use of fatigue and/or distraction detection technology/devices across the heavy vehicle industry.

The companies selected to participate are currently using or have previously used fatigue or distraction detection technology/devices in their business.

What can participating companies expect?

  • Participating companies will be visited by the independent project team, CQ University and HGH Consultants, to discuss and review current fatigue and/or distraction technologies/devices and data management practices.
  • Companies will receive feedback on their current systems and processes including expert advice on managing data from these technologies/devices.
  • A proposed "How to" manual will be provided to companies at the end of the trial, which will be developed based on collective user experiences.
  • Assurances given that any data provided will be used on a confidential basis and not be identifiable in analysis as belonging to the company.
  • Opportunity to be part of a broader industry pilot as the next stage of the project.
  • Information and data being de-identified and confidentiality being maintained.

What is expected of participating companies?

  • Provide access to data collected from the use of detection technology/devices for use in the project.
  • Access to staff to participate in discussions with the project team visits and provision of information.
  • Arrange access to drivers using the technology for discussions/demonstrations of technology/data.

Further information

For further information regarding the fatigue monitoring trial please contact:

Mark Schlein
Safety Assurance Advisor (Fatigue)
National Heavy Vehicle Regulator
Phone: 07 3309 8708
Email: fddt@nhvr.gov.au