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Driver Speeding

If you speed, it is ultimately your decision to do so, but believe or not, the HVNL has been written to give you some measure of protection against external influences that may cause you to speed. The first thing you should know is that it is an offence under the legislation for anyone to make

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The Split Rest Break

Another issue in all States except Victoria and WA is the split break. Under the HVNL, if you had to move the truck even a short way after commencing your seven continuous hour break, let’s say two hours after starting your break, you would have to record at least 15 minutes work time and then

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Personal Use Fatigue Exemption

Last month we highlighted the part of the HVNL that allowed up to 1 hour of personal use of a Fatigue Regulated Heavy Vehicle in NSW only.  Well there is some good news. In the September issue of the NHVR’s On the Road publication it was announced that “ Consultation is underway on a new

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Rest time sitting behind the wheel with the engine running

As with the previous blog on personal activity, there is another provision that is applicable only to NSW. Under this legislation, a driver sitting in the drivers seat with the engine running may count this time as rest time under certain conditions. Section 248A states: Occupying driver’s seat to count as rest time in certain circumstances

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Counting night rest breaks in a 14 day period

There has been a lot of confusion regarding night rest breaks and 24 hour breaks within a 14 day counting period. In particular, what happens when a 24 hour break doesn’t fully encompass the hours between 10pm and 8am. The minimum rest is interpreted as 2 X 24 hours of continuous stationary Rest breaks (the

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Personal time in your 24 hour rest break

We all know that work time is driving or doing anything with the truck such as load checking, tyres, fuelling, cleaning etc. This is particularly galling for owner/drivers who during their 24 hour break, might want to change a headlight or tail light bulb, give the truck a quick wash or even take the kids

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Who really owns your Fatigue Management Certificate?

Here at AFM we have had a number of queries from drivers who are changing jobs, regarding their Fatigue Management Certificate. In particular one driver was told that his Certificate belonged to the Company and as he was leaving the Company he would have to redo the course and get another Certificate. Nothing could be

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Going East Pt. 2

In Going East Pt. 1 we touched on the requirements of employers if they wished to work their drivers for extended hours in Eastern States. As we said, the employer needs to be a part of the National Heavy Vehicle Accreditation Scheme (NHVAS) and hold accreditation for whatever work and rest option they have chosen.

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Checking Driver Diaries

It seems that there are still many companies that are not taking compliance with the Heavy Vehicle National Laws seriously. Instead of checking the diary pages that are handed in by the driver, they are simply given to an untrained clerk to enter into the system. Drivers diary pages cannot be treated as just paperwork

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TLIE3028 – Complete a Work Diary in the Road Transport Industry

For a non-compulsory course, Completing a Work Diary continues to break new records as Company’s and drivers see the value in obtaining additional training and information regarding diary completion and penalties. The course goes beyond rest and work times and covers such things as travelling interstate, base locations, time zones, correct completion, corrections, what to

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