National approach for heavy vehicle fatigue management

CHANGES to Victorian laws, made effective yesterday have provided for greater consistency in managing driver fatigue among the heavyweights on our roads, eliminating confusion for drivers and other industry players, according to Minister for Roads Terry Mulder.
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“The amendment to the Victorian regulations will deliver a more consistent national approach for fatigue management enforcement,” Mr Mulder said.

Mr Mulder said the differences to counting time methods across the states have been a source of frustration for transport operators and drivers.

A new national agreement, requiring a change in Victoria and South Australia, will mean work hours will be calculated from the end of any major rest break.

“The Victorian and South Australian regulations required work hours in 24 hour periods to be counted from the end of any rest break. This reflected the approved national position at the time,” Mr Mulder said.

“In Queensland and New South Wales work hours are calculated from the end of any major rest break, leaving room for confusion when crossing state borders.

“Aligning Victoria’s methods with other states will avoid confusion for drivers, schedulers and others in the industry.

“I’m also pleased that by working with the South Australian Department, we have been able to synchronise our regulatory changes,” Mr Mulder said.

The change was proposed by the National Transport Commission and agreed by the Australian Transport Council in June 2011.

The amendment to the Victorian Road Safety Drivers Regulations 2009 will come into effect today. Further information is available on the VicRoads website 梧桐夜网vicroads.vic.gov419论坛.

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