New on-board device to aid fatigue compliance

Trimble Transport and Logistics unveils new device to help industry comply with fatigue management regulations.

New on-board device to aid fatigue compliance
Trimble Transport and Logistics says its new device lets drivers know when they need to take a break.


A new in-vehicle device designed to aid compliance with heavy vehicle fatigue management laws has been launched.

Trimble Transport and Logistics says the unit delivers audiovisual signals to warn truck drivers and despatchers when maximum work limits are close to being reached.

The tool is displayed on the dashboard in the cab and notifies drivers when they need to take their mandatory break.

It also keeps record of the truck drivers driving habits, history, breaches and unused time in accordance with the fatigue management scheme the driver is on.

"A truck driver who drives for too long is a danger to themselves and those around them," Trimble Transport and Logistics Business Development Manager Tom Debeule says.

"Our technology is designed to make driving safer by providing drivers and trucking companies with real-time information about excess driving times and dangerous driving practices."

Debeule says the device can help despatchers effectively plan, deploy and monitor their fleet while ensuring drivers are meeting their fatigue management responsibilities.

It supports the 12-hour standard hours regime and the 14-hour basic fatigue management (BFM) scheme.

The unit’s screen features two display types for day and week. When displaying daily data, the screen shows maximum authorised driving time, time worked, time rested and required rest time.

Drivers and despatchers are alerted when the maximum driving time is approaching and rest is required.

If the driver does not take a break when required, a part of the display with flash red and a breach warning will be sent directly to the back office. If the break is taken at the right time the display will turn green.  

For weekly data, the screen displays the required rest that needs to be taken by law in a seven-day and 14-day period.

The screen will show how many working hours can still be performed in both periods and will use numerical values and rectangular symbols to show what night rest is required.  

The screen monitors when a truck is on the move. Drivers can press a button to register when they are loading or unloading material and resting.

Trimble Transport and Logistics says it has started trialling the screen with existing Trimble customers.

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