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Counting Time – When does it reset?

A recent article in Big Rigs surveyed a number of drivers regarding Fatigue Management. By far the biggest issue seemed to be about having to stop for 7 hours when “I don’t feel tired”. If the complaints are about the 7 hour rest time, then they must also be about not being able to work

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How far back in your log book can inspectors go?

This is a great question and the answer would depend very much on the circumstances at the time. As you know, under the HVNL you are required to keep 28 days of diary entries in the vehicle with you at all times. If you are a new driver and don’t have 28 days, then you

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Two-up drivers rest breaks

While two-up drivers must never exceed the working hours mandated by their particular work/rest option, there are no set short rest requirements for drivers operating in a BFM two-up arrangement. In other words, you do not have to take a break after or within the first 6 ¼ hours and so on. However, it is

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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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