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‘Fatigue detection’ cameras to hit the road

April 27, 2017

Good news if your company is doing the right thing abiding by the Chain of Responsibility (CoR) laws but bad news if you think you can flout the rules.

In Victoria (to begin with), the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) is rolling out new automatic number plate recognition (ANPR) cameras to five sites across the State’s major freight networks.

NHVR CEO Sal Petroccitto said putting more cameras on the ground was a critical step towards better detection of risky behaviour and unsafe practice on our roads.

“These cameras reinforce our efforts to make our national freight networks safer,” Mr Petroccitto said.

“It will allow the NHVR and other enforcement agencies to identify drivers and operators who systematically flout fatigue laws.”

The five Victorian camera locations are:

  1. Hume Highway at Wallan
  2. Calder Freeway at Gisborne
  3. Western Freeway at Ballan
  4. Goulburn Valley Freeway at Murchison
  5. Princess Freeway at Yarragon

Around the country

The NHVR is currently working with other State road transport authorities to identify additional camera sites that are located within the busiest freight routes to maximise heavy vehicle monitoring capability.

The cameras are part of the NHVR’s broader plans for a national compliance and information system that will support real time, agency linked, data collection used by authorised officers throughout Australia.

Federal Infrastructure and Transport Minister Darren Chester said the new cameras would focus on Australia’s key heavy vehicle corridors and black spots.

“These types of high-tech monitoring cameras have been very useful in encouraging safe driving practices, and in the future they will be linked to other Australian States through the NHVR as part of a national effort to improve heavy vehicle safety,” Mr Chester said.

Unsure of your fatigue-related CoR obligations?

Under CoR laws, any person with an influence and/or control in the transport chain is a ‘party’ and includes, but is not limited to:

  • corporations, partnerships, unincorporated associations or other bodies corporate;
  • employers and company directors;
  • exporters/importers;
  • primary producers;
  • prime contractors of drivers;
  • the operator of a vehicle;
  • schedulers of goods or passengers for transport in or on a vehicle, and the scheduler of its driver;
  • consignors/consignees/receivers of the goods for transport;
  • loaders/unloaders of goods; and
  • loading managers (the person who supervises loading/unloading, or manages the premises where this occurs).

In addition to the general duty to not drive a fatigue-regulated heavy vehicle on a road while fatigued, drivers must comply with certain maximum work and minimum rest limits.

Parties in the supply chain have to take all reasonable steps to prevent drivers from exceeding their limits. This is similar to occupational health and safety laws and means that drivers must be allowed to stop if they are at risk of exceeding the limits and make alternative arrangements.

Without knowing what these limits are you risk breaching the Heavy Vehicle National Law and incurring financial penalties, regardless of where you sit in the supply chain.

The best place to find all your CoR-related information in easy-to-understand plain English is CoR Adviser.

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