Category: Courses News

Legal Notes by David King-Christopher BA MJ LLb (Hons)

Just a brief note which you may want to use to update your driver fatigue and work diary entry policies if you need to. I recently ran a plea concerning driver fatigue that was originally 255 Company and Director offences for failure to have in place adequate policies, procedures and checking-systems to ensure drivers did

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When is an Exemption not an Exemption?

Under the HVNL, there are some circumstances where you can be exempted from keeping a work diary. Two of the most common ones you will meet are the 100 km exemption and the National Primary Production Work Diary Exemption.This exemption relates to primary production and is known as the National Primary Production Work Diary Exemption.

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Going West?

For drivers based in the Eastern States there has been little if any information provided about what happens if you go to Western Australia or the Northern Territory. Eastern States training in Fatigue Management aligns directly with the National Heavy Vehicle Law or NHVL. We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again, the NHVL

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Road Transport Lawyers Providing Guidance on Technical Subjects

Providing our customers with the best information is important to AFM.  We are proud to have David King-Christopher BA MJ LLb (Hons) working with us to cover some of the tricky legal stuff in our newsletter. David will be contributing some blogs regarding the legal implications of issues that affect drivers every day. While having

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Counting Time

We are still hearing that some drivers are confused about a couple of rules that involve counting time and in particular, counting 24 hour periods. Now you all know that your working time resets after you take a 7 hour rest break applicable to your work/rest option, but what happens if you take two 7

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The Difference Between BFM and AFM Driver Training

One of the questions we are most often asked is what is the difference between driver training for BFM and driver training for AFM? Under BFM, Operators that are a part of the National Heavy Vehicle Accreditation Scheme (NHVAS), can schedule drivers to work for up to 14 hours in a 24 hour period providing

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Driver Training – is it really you ?

Recently NHVR has received information where operators have used casual employees other than drivers to complete the fatigue management training on behalf of drivers.  Let’s be clear, this is an offense under National Heavy Vehicle Law.  Apart from huge fines and sanctions against the operator including expulsion for NHVA, both the driver and Company Directors

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New Features on the AFM Web Site

If you have visited the AFM site lately you may have noticed the new Chat feature. Online from 11am to 11pm AEST Mon – Sat, the chat feature allows you to communicate directly with one of our trainers/assessors. They are there to answer any query you might have or to assist you if you are

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Are Drivers Getting Enough Fatigue Management Training?

Authorities have become concerned that the current Fatigue Management training is too generic and not enough emphasis has been put on the legislative requirements. To a degree this is true. While the current Road Transport Fatigue Management courses do cover things like work and rest times, COR and to a certain extent Drivers Diaries, there

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Changes in BFM Driver Medical Requirements

The Final Report for the Review of Assessing Fitness to Drive was published in July 2016 and implemented in October 2016. There was very little fanfare announcing these changes and many drivers may not be aware of them. As you know, drivers under 50 years of age must undergo a medical check every 3 years

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