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Industry welcomes second livestock fatigue template

NHVR has also released an implementation guide to help operators implement a fatigue risk management system


The Australian Livestock and Rural Transporters Association (ALRTA) has welcomed the second livestock fatigue template, released by the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) yesterday.

The new template provides additional flexibility where operators demonstrate appropriate control of fatigue.

The ‘Long Runs’ template is designed to allow operators up to 15 ½ hours of work time, on a non-consecutive basis, with 8 ½ hours of rest, including seven hours of stationary rest during the period from midnight to 6am.

It also states that a livestock driver must not work for more than 82 hours, non-consecutively, with a 24-hour continuous rest period during a week.

The NHVR says the new hours’ arrangement is a modification of the existing Advanced Fatigue Management (AFM) template system based on the Queensland Livestock Transport Scheme.

In order to design more flexible work schedules operators will need to accredit their business by putting transport fatigue management procedures in place, training staff and drivers, and undergoing regular audits.

The NHVR has also released an implementation guide that shows operators how to implement a transport fatigue risk management system (TFRMS) for their business in order to obtain AFM accreditation in accordance with the Livestock Transport Fatigue Management Scheme (LTFMS).

“I’m pleased to deliver more options to the livestock industry to operate more efficiently and maintain high safety standards,” NHVR executive director of productivity and safety Geoff Casey says.

“This template will kick start the process to allow the NHVR to work closely with individual businesses on their fatigue management systems.”

The ALRTA says livestock operators are well placed to take advantage of the template, considering they constitute up to 12 per cent of all operators under the AFM standards.

“Livestock transport is like no other freight task,” ALRTA president Kevin Keenan says.

“Operators are simultaneously dealing with heavy vehicle laws and animal welfare laws, and often in rural and remote environments where access to driver and animal facilities can be difficult.

“The NHVR is delivering more flexible fatigue options that enable our drivers to deal with the operational realities of the task while remaining compliant with the law.”

The ALRTA says it worked with the regulator to introduce controls and countermeasures in the fatigue risk management system.

For more details about the fatigue management scheme, visit the NHVR website.

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