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Victorian Drivers wanted – but not for a job!

Want to paid for sleeping? A study to find drivers’ fatigue and alertness levels while on shift is being conducted – and volunteer drivers are wanted. Participants will be reimbursed for the time involved. The Cooperative Research Centre for Alertness, Safety and Productivity (CRCASP), in partnership with the National Transport Commission (NTC), is conducting field

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Are drivers being set up to fail?

One of the oddities of the Fatigue Management Laws is the option of Standard Hours. The option allows drivers to work 12 hours a day providing the mandated rest breaks are taken at the appropriate times. However, operators do not have to be accredited under the NHVAS and drivers are not required to hold fatigue

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Is endorsement training adequate?

A recent occurrence of a heavy vehicle again becoming stuck in the Sydney Airport Tunnel has once more brought the question of driver training to the fore. In this case the driver did not know how to reverse or uncouple and had no knowledge of the height limitations of the route he had chosen. Endorsement

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82% of major crash incidents attributed to fatigue

Following on from the previous blog the NTARC states that fatigue still remains an issue of concern. The previous report had noted that since the September 2008 introduction of new legislation for heavy vehicle driving hours, and consequent fatigue reform, there had been considerable improvement in losses related to operator fatigue. With the current finding

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Research into the major cause of Heavy Vehicle accidents

The National Truck Accident Research Centre (NTARC) is an independent research facility established by National Transport Insurance (NTI), which, continuesto be the leading commercial vehicle and equipment insurer in Australia. Once again, after the usual two year interval, the research centre has revisited the behaviour of the commercial, predominately ‘for hire and reward’ road fleet,

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Overloading

Most of us know that there is no real advantage in overloading your vehicle but there can be situations when this can occur either by mistake or accident. The HVNL states that a person must not drive a heavy vehicle on a road when its total weight exceeds its mass requirements. There are also implications

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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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