NHVR targets driver fatigue in WA and SA

A week-long operation running from the Western Australia border to Port Augusta in South Australia aims to remind drivers to stay alert behind the wheel.

National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) Chief Operations Officer Paul Salvati reinforced the purpose of the operation in educating drivers on proactive measures they can take and the consequences if they are intentionally ignored.

“Our operations aren’t just about intercepts and enforcement; they are focused on educating drivers on how they can actively manage their fatigue and make sure their movements are safe and efficient,” he said.

“Of course, we won’t hesitate to enforce the Heavy Vehicle National Law for those intentionally doing the wrong thing, but I encourage any driver with a question regarding their compliance to chat to our on-road officers, who are there to support them where required.”

With 35 lives lost so far this year in crashes involving a heavy vehicle, nine of which happened in South Australia and Western Australia, Salvati reminds drivers that even if they are complying with work and rest requirements to recognise the signs of fatigue.

“One life lost on our roads, is one too many,” said Salvati.

“We are encouraging all heavy vehicle drivers to recognise the signs of fatigue – even if you are complying with work and rest requirements, you may still feel too tired to drive.

“Always prioritise your rest beaks – it is just never worth the risk.”

The NHVR encourages drivers who feel pressured by their employer to drive while fatigued to call the NHVR’s Heavy Vehicle Confidential Reporting Hotline on 1800 931 785.

In related news, road safety advocate, Peter Frazer, urges heavy vehicle drivers and motorists to mind their speed and to pay attention.

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