As the last blog for the year, we would like to recap on what worktime is. We all know it vaguely covers doing anything with the truck but it does much more than that. Below is an extract from the HVNL and in particular Section 221.
Work, in relation to a fatigue-regulated heavy vehicle, means—
(a) drive a fatigue-regulated heavy vehicle; or
(b) instruct another person to drive, or supervise another person driving, a fatigue-regulated heavy vehicle; or
(c) perform another task relating to the use of a fatigue-regulated heavy vehicle, including, for example—
(i) load things onto, or unload things from, the heavy vehicle; and
(ii) inspect, service or repair the heavy vehicle; and
(iii) inspect or attend to a load on the heavy vehicle; and
(iv) if the heavy vehicle is a bus, attend to passengers on the bus; and
(v) clean or refuel the heavy vehicle; and
(vi) perform marketing tasks in relation to the use of the vehicle; and
Examples for the purposes of subparagraph (vi)—
• arranging for the transport of goods or passengers by the heavy vehicle
• canvassing for orders for the transport of goods or passengers by the heavy vehicle
(vii) help another person to perform, or supervise another person performing, a task mentioned in any of subparagraphs (i) to (vi); and
(viii) record information or complete a document, as required under this Law, a corresponding fatigue law or otherwise, in relation to the use of the vehicle; or
(d) occupy the driver’s seat of a fatigue-regulated heavy vehicle while its engine is running.
In NSW there is an exemption for section (d) see
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