NHVR's Operation Wake Up was a success
NHVR's Operation Wake Up was a success Contributed

Fatigue levels hold steady in nationwide driver sweep

THE NHVR has welcomed the response from heavy vehicle drivers who continue to meet fatigue laws, following a recent national operation.

NHVR chief executive officer Sal Petroccitto said the national operation Wake Up, held last month, inspected more than 4400 vehicles across 105 locations in all states and territories, except Northern Territory.

"Of the fatigue-related vehicles there were 3272 compliant drivers, which was 93 per cent - a similar level to the national operations conducted last year,” Mr Petroccitto said.

"Those drivers operating under Basic Fatigue Management recorded more than 96 per cent compliance rates while there were no breaches for drivers operating under Advanced Fatigue Management.

"I would particularly like to thank the 194 officers from a variety of police, transport and workplace health and safety agencies across the country that took part in Operation Wake Up.

"A lot of the data was collected through the NHVR Compliance app, which allowed real-time analysis and information to be co-ordinated between the NHVR and on-road officers.”

Almost one-in-five fatigue offences were the result of exceeding historical work hours, while 17 per cent were for not making a work diary entry.

National Driver Work Diary has meant a hurdle for truck drivers.

Photo Kate Darvall/ South Burnett Times
National Driver Work Diary has meant a hurdle for truck drivers. Photo Kate Darvall/ South Burnett Times Kate Darvall

Overall compliance rate was 80 per cent with 18 critical offences leading to further investigation and a further 11 severe mechanical or mass offences which required heavy vehicles to be grounded.

Out of the 874 intercepts with an offence, 497 of those were mechanical and 234 were fatigue related.

Mr Petroccitto said the average delay for compliant vehicles was 13 minutes, compared to an average delay of 27 minutes for non-compliant vehicles.

Top 5 fatigue offences

  • 18.3 per cent - exceeding driving hours (historical)
  • 17.9 per cent - not making work diary entries
  • 10.7 per cent - exceeding driving hours (current)
  • 8.7 per cent - not carrying a work diary
  • 6.3 per cent - false or misleading work diary entries

Meanwhile, the NHVR is meeting heavy vehicle operators as part of a ground-breaking study into fatigue monitoring technology.

NHVR Fatigue Specialist Andreas Blahous said a research team was seeking expressions of interest from transport companies and manufacturers to take part in the independently run safety project.

"We've asked independent research specialists to look at ways the NHVR can encourage the broader use of the different fatigue and distraction detection technology operators are already using,” he said.

"Operators told us at a Fatigue Safety Forum last October, that this technology has the ability to identify fatigue incidents before they occur.

"We'll be looking to learn from existing projects such as the Queensland Trucking Association's Heavy Vehicle Safety Around Ports program and the Smart Truck program but we see a unique opportunity for operators to contribute their experiences and make a real and positive difference to safety on our roads.”

The NHVR recently appointed a team from CQ University and HGH Consultants to work with companies currently using, or having previously used, detection technology and devices in their business. All data will be treated confidentially and not be identifiable in analysis as belonging to the company.

Expressions of interest are due by May 21.

  • The NHVR will also host two seminars at the Brisbane Truck Show on May 16 (starting 3.40pm) and May 18 (commencing 11.40am).
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