NHVR fatigue compliance and investigations

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The National Heavy Vehicle Regulator’s Chief Operations Officer, Paul Salvati, has said that Operation Wake Up, held during April this year, inspected 4400 vehicles across 105 locations in all states and territories, except the Northern Territory.

In relation to the compliance of fatigue management in the operation, Mr Salvati said, “Of the fatigue-related vehicles there were 3272 compliant drivers, which was 93 per cent, a similar level to the national operations conducted last year.”

“Those drivers operating under Basic Fatigue Management recorded more than a 96 per cent compliance rate while there were no breaches for drivers operating under Advanced Fatigue Management.”

Almost one-in-five fatigue offences were the result of exceeding historical work hours, while 17 per cent were for not making a work diary entry.

The overall compliance rate was 80 per cent, with 18 critical offences leading to further investigations. A further 11 severe mechanical or mass offences, which required heavy vehicles to be grounded, were also found.

The NHVR revealed through the operation that the average delay for compliant vehicles was 13 minutes, compared to an average delay of 27 minutes for non-compliant vehicles and revealed that the top 5 fatigue offences were:

  • 18.3% – exceeding driving hours (historical)
  • 17.9% – not making work diary entries
  • 10.7% – exceeding driving hours (current)
  • 8.7% – not carrying a work diary
  • 6.3% – false or misleading work diary entries

The NHVR has also said this month that it is currently undertaking six investigations of serious offences nationally under the national Chain of Responsibility laws, eight months after the new laws started. A further eight cases are being monitored by the regulator as well.

NHVR Statutory Compliance Executive Director Ray Hassall said, “It’s important that executives make themselves aware of the personal responsibilities associated with their involvement in the heavy vehicle supply chain, and the serious penalties associated with failing to properly discharge them.”

Under the law, all parties involved in a supply chain have to ensure they understand the hazards and risks associated with their transportation activities and ensure they devote resources in relation to implementing processes that will eliminate or minimise hazards and risks.

If you are concerned about your Chain of Responsibility obligations, please contact the MTA’s WR team by clicking here or by calling 8291 2000. NHVR inspectors are out in force on our roads at the moment, so it is important that you get help if want to avoid severe penalties.