Feed­back sought on per­sonal use ex­emp­tion

Australian Transport News - - News -

The Na­tional Heavy Ve­hi­cle Reg­u­la­tor (NHVR) has launched a month-long con­sul­ta­tion on new ex­emp­tions for per­sonal use of heavy ve­hi­cles.

NHVR CEO Sal Petroc­citto says the ef­fort is part of the reg­u­la­tor’s fo­cus on fa­tiguere­lated is­sues.

The con­sul­ta­tion will ex­plore “user-friendly ex­emp­tions” for manag­ing fa­tigue and driv­ing a fa­tiguere­lated heavy ve­hi­cle for per­sonal use.

The ex­emp­tion will al­low op­er­a­tors to use a heavy ve­hi­cle out­side their reg­u­lated driv­ing hours for cer­tain per­sonal tasks or non-rev­enue ac­tiv­i­ties, such as reach­ing suit­able sleep­ing ac­com­mo­da­tion, re­stock­ing sup­plies for a trip, hav­ing a meal, and pre­par­ing for a trip.

“Un­der the pro­posal, op­er­a­tors would be able to use a heavy ve­hi­cle for per­sonal use for up to one hour at the end of the day or on a day off,” Petroc­citto says.

“Cur­rently a per­sonal-use ex­emp­tion of up to one hour dur­ing a driver’s day off ex­ists in NSW.

“We con­tinue to work closely with the heavy ve­hi­cle in­dus­try to pro­vide ex­i­bil­ity around fa­tigue while still main­tain­ing the high­est safety stan­dards.”

Sub­mis­sions can be made via the NHVR web­site.

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