Heavy vehicle driver fatigue data final report released

May 16, 2016

The National Transport Commission (NTC) has released the Heavy Vehicle Driver Fatigue Data Final Report.

Paul Ritter, CEO of the inter-governmental agency charged with improving the productivity and safety of Australia’s road, rail and inter-modal transport systems, said the research was pointed towards developing nationally-consistent reforms and frameworks to reduce fatigue.

“The regulation of driver fatigue is a complex policy issue and more detailed research needs to be done on its causes and impacts, ” he said.

The fatigue data framework will also obtain further data regarding nose-to-tail shifts, where a heavy vehicle driver works two long work periods within a 24-hour period with a major rest break in between. This work will consider factors such as insufficient sleep, long work shifts, the impact of circadian rhythms and nose-to-tail schedule frequency.

This topic is of one of many of interest to the TWU, any membersexperiencing issues regarding nose-to-tail shifts may send information to jgregory@twu.asn.au 

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