NHVR reminder as start date looms for new work diary

Truck drivers need to start using the new work diary by August 10.

NHVR reminder as start date looms for new work diary
Truck drivers must begin using the new national work diary by August 10.


The start date for truck drivers to adopt the new-look work diary is less than one month away.

The new diary was introduced on February 10 this year as part of the shift to national heavy vehicle regulations, and drivers were given six months to start using it.

The diary was introduced in Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia. 

National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) CEO Sal Petroccitto says the agency wanted to give drivers time to make the change.

"Already, more than 67,000 new work diaries have been sold around the country, but I urge drivers travelling in and through these states who have yet to start using the diary to pick up a copy as soon as possible," Petroccitto says.

Drivers who drive more than 100km from their home base or operate under basic fatigue management (BFM) or advanced fatigue management (AFM) must fill out a diary unless they have an exemption.

Drivers in Queensland hauling freight for primary producers only need to record information in a diary if they travel more than 160km from their base.

The NHVR says exemptions may also be available to heavy vehicle drivers operating under standard hours who cannot make records in their work diary because of literacy issues or a print disability.


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