Fatigue affects us all, and is a key safety challenge for heavy vehicle drivers and operators.

Experts tell us that if you’ve had less than five hours of sleep in the last 24 hours, it’s likely that you’re impaired by fatigue.

Last week, we announced the conditional approval of the first Australian Electronic Work Diaries – the next step forward in safe, productive fatigue regulation.

For National Road Safety Week, we’ll be continuing our focus on fatigue and highlighting solutions for the future.

You can get involved in what the NHVR is doing by keeping an eye on our social media channels, provide feedback to our team at a roadside information day, or join one of our fatigue webinars.


Giving drivers a choice – Australia’s first Electronic Work Diaries approved

Australian heavy vehicle drivers will now have a choice in how they record their work and rest hours, with the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator approving the first Electronic Work Diaries (EWD) – Smart eDriver by Step Global and Sentinel by Teletrac Navman.

An EWD is an electronic recording system, approved by the NHVR, used to record the work and rest times of a driver as a voluntary alternative to the Written Work Diary.

The rollout of EWDs from December 1 would mean drivers can put down the pen, paper and ruler when recording work and rest hours

Read about Australia’s first Electronic Work Diaries being approved

Let’s talk fatigue and help saves lives this National Road Safety Week

Flexibility for drivers using work and rest hours is within reach of many operators.

The NHVR has released the final two booklets in the Advance Fatigue Management series and two Fatigue Choice webinars would assist operator to make the most of existing fatigue laws.

“Applying for AFM does not have to be a difficult process, but does require a commitment by the business and staff to some additional safety measures,” NHVR CEO Sal Petroccitto said.

Read more on Fatigue Choices for work and rest hour flexibility

Read more on what the NHVR is doing this National Road Safety Week

Fatigue Choices: Fatigue flexibility made easy webinar

Tuesday 17 November

A must for all transport operators and owner drivers, the Fatigue Choices program helps operators decide what flexibility is suitable for them and provides information on how to complete the process to access that flexibility.

Register for Fatigue choices webinar

What’s next in fatigue management webinar

Thursday 19 November

A must for safety professionals, safety consultants, and transport operators for what’s next in fatigue management thinking over the next 5-10 years. This future focus will include capability uplift, flexibility, and technology uptake.

Register for Fatigue choices webinar

$137,000 enforceable undertaking to support supply chain safety

The NHVR has accepted an enforceable undertaking (EU) from Qube Ports Pty Ltd (Qube) that will see $137,000 put towards risk awareness education and other safety initiatives.

The EU stems from an allegation by Transport for NSW that on 19 November 2019 Qube failed to comply with the mass requirements as required by s 96(1)(c) of the Heavy Vehicle National Law (HVNL).

Read more about the about the enforceable undertaking from QUBE.

Truck Driver Information Days

Come and chat to the NHVR at our next roadside information days. Whether you have a questions about access, Chain of Responsibility or any other heavy vehicle queries, come and join us.

Our next 2 info days are

Monday 23 Nov – OTR Bolivar in SAThursday 26 Nov – BP Charlton in QLD