Safety sum­mit in Syd­ney

Lead­ers meet to re­form laws

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THE Na­tional Heavy Ve­hi­cle Reg­u­la­tor will host 30 in­dus­try mem­bers in Syd­ney from Oc­to­ber 2-3 as part of a process to re­form heavy ve­hi­cle fa­tigue laws.

Heavy Ve­hi­cle Reg­u­la­tor CEO Sal Petroc­citto said the Reg­u­la­tor’s Fa­tigue Safety Fo­rum would al­low it to bet­ter un­der­stand many of the ini­tia­tives used by op­er­a­tors and driv­ers to man­age fa­tigue.

“Many of our cur­rent heavy ve­hi­cle fa­tigue laws are al­most two decades old and in that time the heavy ve­hi­cle in­dus­try has made strong gains in re­duc­ing driver fa­tigue in­ci­dents,” Mr Petroc­citto said.

“Bet­ter ed­u­ca­tion, tech­nol­ogy and new pro­ce­dures are reg­u­larly emerg­ing and it’s im­por­tant that fu­ture fa­tigue reg­u­la­tion con­tin­ues to en­cour­age these ini­tia­tives.

“We’ll be ask­ing those at­tend­ing the fo­rum to pro­vide the es­sen­tial el­e­ments for a new draft fa­tigue man­age­ment reg­u­la­tory frame­work, be­fore un­der­tak­ing wider in­dus­try con­sul­ta­tion.”

The out­comes of the fo­rum will be made avail­able ahead of a pro­posed wider re­view of the Heavy Ve­hi­cle Na­tional Law to be con­sid­ered by Re­spon­si­ble Min­is­ters later this year.

The Na­tional Heavy Ve­hi­cle Reg­u­la­tor will seek in­dus­try in­put into driver fa­tigue and drowsi­ness de­tec­tion, re­duc­ing reg­u­la­tion for fa­tigue safety, and pro­duc­tiv­ity through more flex­i­ble work ar­range­ments.

Mr Petroc­citto said in­for­ma­tion on im­prov­ing un­der­stand­ing, mon­i­tor­ing and re­port­ing of driver fa­tigue risks would also be sought.

“I sup­port a com­pre­hen­sive re­view of the fa­tigue laws and I be­lieve most peo­ple in the in­dus­try feel the same way based on ... dis­cus­sions with...in­dus­try,” he said.

In a com­pre­hen­sive re­view of the cur­rent Na­tional Heavy Ve­hi­cle Law, the NTC is set­ting up work­ing groups for pri­or­ity ar­eas of safe and ef­fi­cient ac­cess, en­hanced fa­tigue man­age­ment, ac­cred­i­ta­tion for safer op­er­a­tions, and telem­at­ics, tech­nol­ogy and data.

NTC CEO Paul Ret­ter said tak­ing a per­for­mance-based ap­proach rather than a pre­scrip­tive ap­proach would de­liver stream­lined leg­is­la­tion with­out com­pro­mis­ing on safety.

PHOTO: BRUCE HONEYWILL

FA­TIGUE RE­VIEW: NHVR CEO Sal Petroc­citto said the sum­mit would help drive a fa­tigue law re­view.

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