NHVR issues reminder on work diary exemption rules

Regulator says there is still confusion in the industry when it comes to fatigue management.


The National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) is ramping up its information campaign on fatigue management.

In a notice sent to the industry, the regulator says some parts of fatigue management are still are not understood by parts of the industry.

One of the most common points of confusion involves the requirements for work diaries under the Heavy Vehicle National Law, which covers fatigue management.

The NHVR says drivers need to carry their work diaries and fill them out.

Only two exemptions apply: if the driver is working within 100km of their base, or working within 160km of their base and eligible for the national primary production work diary exemption.

"It is important to note, however, that a driver who has worked outside of these circumstances in the previous 28 days is still required to carry their work diary with them," the NHVR notice says.

"Professional operators and drivers have an obligation to know and understand the laws that apply to them, and it is important to always check that any information applies to their specific circumstances."


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