NHVR at Brisbane Truck Show

The National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) will have a presence at next week’s Brisbane Truck Show, providing the opportunity for operators to speak directly with NHVR technical and operational experts. The NHVR will also be presenting an industry update as part of the formal seminar program at the Truck Show.

Along with its other current projects, the NHVR has updated information on Advanced Fatigue Management and a new Nation Work Diary.

The NHVR, in partnership with industry,  is also developing a new approach to support more flexible work and rest arrangements under Advanced Fatigue Management (AFM) known as the Risk Classification System (RCS).

Based on fatigue science, the new RCS allows operators to submit work schedules with higher risk elements (such as longer or more frequent shifts) that are mitigated by lower risk elements (for example, increased work breaks).

Throughout May and June, the NHVR will be working with key industry associations to pilot the AFM program with frontline operators, including testing proposed work schedules against the RCS, rolling out new templates for more common work arrangements and a step-by-step online tool to help drivers and operators complete an AFM application.

While the AFM pilot is merely testing the RCS process and won’t lead to any operator gaining AFM accreditation, industry feedback will make sure the new approach is practical and easy to use for all operators when it is in place later in 2013.

The National Transport Commission (NTC), in partnership with the NHVR and industry and government bodies, is seeking drivers’ and operators’ views on the proposed national driver work diary. The work diary is being updated to align with the new Heavy Vehicle (Fatigue Management) National Regulation 2013.

“Over the past two years, one of the most consistent pieces of feedback we’ve had from industry has been the desire
to see a simpler work diary, and more flexible and practical fatigue management regulations,” said Richard Hancock, NHVR CEO.

The new work diary will be simpler and easier to fill out, and includes examples and scenarios to guide drivers and help to reduce any “paperwork” errors and the risk of fines.

The proposed work diary will allow drivers to record their vehicle registration once a day or if their vehicle changes, rather than at every break, record the location and odometer reading at the start of a rest break, and not when finishing their break as well, and be required to record their operator’s Basic Fatigue Management (BFM) or Advanced Fatigue Management (AFM) accreditation number once in the diary (or again if it changes), rather than on every daily sheet.

Comments can be made via www.ntc.gov.au up until 20 May. 
Once approved by the NHVR Board, the new work diary will be on sale nationwide later in 2013.

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