NTC seeks industry fatigue management feedback

Next phase of HVNL review targets sleep and fatigue issues

NTC seeks industry fatigue management feedback
Fatigue forms the next phase of the NTC's HVNL review


The National Transport Commission (NTC) is seeking operator feedback on an issues paper on effective fatigue management under the Heavy Vehicle National Law (HVNL).

The NTC says the purpose of the Effective fatigue management document sets out to:

• summarise the current fatigue management provisions in the HVNL

• identify problems with the current law and how it is applied

• identify the high-level principles that a revised law should cover

• seek feedback on whether the paper has covered all relevant issues.

"Fatigue remains the main cause of fatal single heavy vehicle crashes. Drivers themselves have highlighted it as an ongoing risk in their industry," the document notes.

"While the numbers of fatigue-related heavy vehicle crashes are decreasing, the Australian community has a very low tolerance for risk when it comes to heavy vehicles. Governments’ risk appetite reflects public sentiment.

"Heavy vehicle crashes due to fatigue are a threat to overall public safety and are perceived to be avoidable – if the right controls can be put in place."

The QTA says the HVNL review can alleviate industry 'administrivia'. Read more here

This is the second of eight issues papers in a rolling consultation to mid-2019, with feedback on fatigue due Friday, August 16.

The previous risk-based approach to regulating heavy vehicles issues paper is still open for comment until Friday, May 31.

The second issues paper on fatigue can be found here.


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