Feedback sought on personal use exemption
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.