Fatigue in focus
THE National Transport Commission has released a discussion paper suggesting changes to the hours of work and rest conditions in the Heavy Vehicle Driver Fatigue reforms. The ‘‘Improving the basic fatigue management option’’ discussion paper raises the prospect that amendments could be made to split rests, the 14-day cycle and early starts in the Basic Fatigue Management (BFM) option. Under the BFM system, accredited operators who have been trained and have put risk-management systems in place are able to operate a timetable of driving and rest periods that better suits their needs than the standard system. NTC chief executive Nick Dimopoulos says the discussion paper canvases issues raised by stakeholders in the transport industry.