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 are many things that are either omitted, or not explained clearly enough. Things like counting time, exemptions, what to do when travelling interstate, how to make corrections and alterations in your log book, and legal obligations all need to be dealt with in detail to give drivers a thorough knowledge of what is expected of them as a heavy vehicle driver under the NHVL.

So how to address this? One way is to create a completely new Competency Standard that includes the missing elements. However, this makes for a very long and subsequently expensive course. It would also mean that everybody would have to do the new course regardless of the training already completed.

Another way is to create a Standard that just addresses the missing parts. This is called gap training, but because competency standards are based on performance of a function it is difficult to see a gap competence getting any traction.

The Competency Standard TLIE3028 – Complete a Work Diary in the Road Transport Industry already exists and deals with most of the things that are not detailed in the existing training. A proper training course and assessment would not only ensure that that the driver has demonstrated the required knowledge to fulfil their legal requirements, but that it is the actual driver or scheduler that has done the assessment.

It is unfortunate that the name of the Unit is Complete a Work Diary in the Road Transport Industry because it really is much more than this.

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