DRIVER SAFETY FO­RUM TO RE­FORM FA­TIGUE LAWS

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FA­TIGUE LAWS AND heavy ve­hi­cle driver safety will be un­der the spot­light at a forth­com­ing Na­tional Heavy Ve­hi­cle Reg­u­la­tor (NHVR) fo­rum in Syd­ney on Oc­to­ber 2-3, as part of a process of reg­u­la­tions re­form, the or­gan­i­sa­tion stated re­cently. The NHVR will host 30 in­dus­try mem­bers as part of the process dur­ing The Fa­tigue Safety Fo­rum.

NHVR CEO Sal Petroc­citto says the NHVR Fa­tigue Safety Fo­rum would al­low the NHVR to bet­ter un­der­stand many of the cur­rent ini­tia­tives be­ing 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,” 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.”

NEW LAW CON­SID­ER­A­TION

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 or­gan­i­sa­tion states.

The NHVR will seek in­dus­try in­put into driver fa­tigue and drowsi­ness de­tec­tion, re­duc­ing reg­u­la­tion for fa­tigue safety, and pro­duc­tiv­ity through more flex­i­ble work ar­range­ments, it states.

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 the wide rang­ing dis­cus­sions we had with all sec­tors of the in­dus­try,” he said.

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