What you think about fa­tigue

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MANY cur­rent heavy ve­hi­cle fa­tigue laws are al­most two decades old.

In that time, the heavy ve­hi­cle in­dus­try has made strong gains in re­duc­ing driver fa­tigue in­ci­dents, said Na­tional Heavy Ve­hi­cle Reg­u­la­tor CEO Sal Petroc­citto.

Mr Petroc­citto made the com­ments ahead of the up­com­ing fa­tigue safety fo­rum.

Driv­ers shared their feel­ings on Face­book.

Ian O’Neill said fa­tigue man­age­ment was a “joke” and so was the law en­force­ment that went with it.

“Driv­ers would be all good if they didn’t have the pres­sure of ‘loads to­day and be there yes­ter­day’. We all know where the prob­lem lies.”

Stu­art Mc­coll said the cur­rent sys­tem could make you take ma­jor breaks while awake and then have to drive when you might be ready for sleep. “I know it’s hard to cover all the sce­nar­ios but hav­ing to stop for seven-plus hours in the mid­dle of the day if you’re wide awake and not tired is a joke.”

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