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 all mandatory rest breaks are taken at the appropriate times. An Operator accredited for Advanced Fatigue Management (AFM) can schedule drivers for up to 15.5 hours in the eastern States and 15 hours in WA and NT. These are the maximum hours a driver can be rostered for and cannot be exceeded. However, the accreditation and auditing process is much more rigorous and requires the Operator to have many more policies and procedures in place to show how driver fatigue is managed.

Driver training for a BFM Operator or AFM Operator is exactly the same and the same Certificate must be held for either. There is no training that can make a driver less fatigued from working for 14 hours than 15.5 hours. The management of driver fatigue has always been on the Operator but much more so for an AFM Operator.

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