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NHVR to partner with industry on fatigue and distraction events

The NHVR wants industry to get involved in its latest safety project on fatigue and distraction technologies

The National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) is seeking expressions of interest from the transport industry to participate in an NHVR commissioned safety project to improve the use of Fatigue and Distraction Detection Technologies (FDDT).

NHVR Chief Executive Officer Sal Petroccitto says the FDDT safety project will provide practical support to heavy vehicle transport businesses to help them implement and use the technologies.

“FDDT is proven to play a positive role in reducing driver fatigue and distraction events by better ensuring drivers are behind the wheel when they are most fit for duty, as well as alerting drivers to potential incidents,” Petroccitto says.

“We know the heavy vehicle industry and regulatory partners support the safety benefits of FDDT, but they want to see greater guidance and safety management systems to support its use.

“As the safety regulator, the NHVR is committed to partnering with industry to develop an agreed approach to what good practice in the use of FDDT looks like.

“Critical to the project will be the development of practical FDDT event procedures and processes that transport companies can consider implementing to help them reasonably respond to FDDT events.”

The new project will build on the findings of the NHVR’s 2019 research study which identified the importance of the company response in identifying driver behaviour and trends to better manage safety.


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Expressions of interest are sought from transport companies using the technology and technology providers, with the project involving a series of interviews and on-site visits as required.

Transport companies involved in the 2019 study will be contacted and invited to participate. The project will be run by Dr Drew Dawson and Andrew Higginson who undertook the 2019 FDDT research study.

All data will be treated confidentially and not be identifiable in analysis as belonging to the company. The Expression of Interest details can be found here, while interested participants can complete the online form by August 4.

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