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More truck drivers are ‘doing the right thing’

December 19, 2019

An operation recently carried out by the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) which targeted fatigued heavy vehicle drivers has revealed that 93.9 per cent of drivers are complying with fatigue management regulations.

In Operation Wake Up, NHVR CEO Sal Petroccitto said the regulator intercepted 4,096 drivers over an eight-day period this month, at more than 80 locations and mobile patrols across the country.

“Driving tired is one of the most significant causes of crashes on our roads and professional truck drivers need to carefully manage their rest hours to make sure everyone gets home safe,” Mr Petroccitto said.

“I’m encouraged to see that the compliance rate has increased from the 93 per cent recorded during a similar operation in May and that vast majority of drivers are doing the right thing, however we will continue to target those who are breaking the law.”

For a minor or substantial breach of work and rest hours, heavy vehicle drivers can be fined between $447 and $674.

The NHVR found that checks on compliant drivers and vehicles took 15 minutes on average, which is about half the average time it takes to process a fatigue offence.

“It’s clear that safe drivers are productive drivers,” Mr Petroccitto said.

“Drivers were also asked a series of questions about their work and rest habits, which helps us to understand where we can work on education for operators.

“I’d like to thank all our officers and the police, transport and workplace health and safety agencies across the country who worked with us on the operation.”

The most common fatigue offences were:

  • exceeding driving hours (historical);
  • not making entries in work diary;
  • exceed driving hours (current period);
  • insufficient rest (historic); and
  • not carrying work diary.

Further information on work and rest hours under the National Heavy Vehicle Law can be found on the NHVR website.