HVNL: have your say on fatigue regulations

HVNL: have your say on fatigue regulations

NTC CEO Dr Gillian Miles.

The National Transport Commission (NTC) has released an issues paper seeking feedback on how to regulate fatigue management as part of the Heavy Vehicle National Law (HVNL) review.

The paper seeks views on how fatigue is currently regulated and the issues relating to the existing law, to find options for effectively managing fatigue risk in a new law.

NTC chief executive officer Gillian Miles said the existing fatigue management requirements are complex, highly prescriptive and therefore difficult to understand and comply with.

“The existing law, despite its detailed prescriptive requirements, doesn’t adequately address the complexity of fatigue risks and causes, and how they relate to each other.

“Our goal is to develop a new law with a harmonised approach to effective fatigue risk management that delivers safer outcomes,” Dr Miles said.

This is the second of eight issues papers in a rolling consultation to mid-2019. Consultation on this paper is open until 16 August 2019.

Following consultation on the eight issues papers, the NTC will develop a consultation Regulatory Impact Statement for comment before taking recommendations to ministers in November 2020.

For more information about our open and upcoming consultation phases, see the HVNL Review microsite.

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