Safety summit in Sydney
Leaders meet to reform laws
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.
FATIGUE REVIEW: NHVR CEO Sal Petroccitto said the summit would help drive a fatigue law review.