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NHVR launches SA driver fatigue operation

The latest NHVR fatigue operation comes after nine lives have already been lost this year to date in the region due to collisions involving a heavy vehicle

The National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) has announced a new operating focusing on heavy vehicle driver fatigue.

Ranging from the Western Australian border to Port Augusta in South Australia, the new operation will remind heavy vehicle drivers to stay alert behind the wheel.

NHVR chief operations officer Paul Salvati says the week-long operation will aim to prevent fatigue-related breaches in the region.

“The NHVR’s Safety and Compliance Officers will have an increased presence at the WA and SA border, ensuring drivers are maintaining accurate work diaries, which are a critical tool in complying with work and rest requirements,” Salvati says.

“Our operations aren’t just about intercepts and enforcement; they’re focused on educating drivers on how they can actively manage their fatigue and make sure their movements are safe and efficient.

“We won’t hesitate to enforce the Heavy Vehicle National Law for those intentionally doing the wrong thing, but I encourage any driver with a question regarding their compliance to chat to our on-road officers, who are there to support them where required.

“NHVR officers will also work with Main Roads WA staff throughout the operation in a collaborative effort to ensure all drivers make it to their destination safely.”

Salvati says the operation comes at the right time, with 35 lives lost in crashes involving a heavy vehicle across Australia already this year – nine of these have happened in SA and WA.

“One life lost on our roads, is one too many,” Salvati says.

“At the NHVR, we make it our priority to do all we can to prevent these tragic incidents from taking place – we want every road user out there to make it home safely.”

To mitigate the impact of fatigue on Australian roads, Salvati and the NHVR recommend drivers ensure they’re well-rested before beginning a journey and to pre-plan the trip while scheduling rest stops.

Another key reminder is for drivers to recognise the signs of fatigue, take frequent rest and meal breaks, be aware of how diet and lifestyle choices may impact fatigue and ensure that work diaries are being correctly filled out.

“We are encouraging all heavy vehicle drivers to recognise the signs of fatigue – even if you are complying with work and rest requirements, you may still feel too tired to drive,” Salvati says.

“Always prioritise your rest beaks – it is just never worth the risk.”

The NHVR encourages drivers who feel pressured by their employer to drive while fatigued to call the NHVR’s Heavy Vehicle Confidential Reporting Hotline on 1800 931 785.

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