NSW trucking gets more time to adopt work diary changes


Regulation excluding some businesses and drivers from maintaining work diaries will now end on May 1.

 

Scheduled changes to work diary requirements for truck drivers in New South Wales have been pushed back to May.

The National Heavy Vehicle Regulator says a notice exempting those with basic fatigue management (BFM) or advanced fatigue management (AFM) accreditation from maintaining diaries if working within 100km of their base will now expire on May 1.

The New South Wales Work Diary Exemption for 100km work under Basic Fatigue Management or Advanced Fatigue Management Notice was due to end next month, but the NHVR says industry has sought more time to adjust to keeping records.

"Following discussions with industry, the NHVR and NSW Government have agreed to extend the BFM and AFM work diary exemption for an additional eight weeks," the NHVR says.

"This extra time will allow approximately 730 operators in NSW to work with the NHVR to examine and minimise the impact of the new requirement to carry and complete a work diary."

The notice is due to  expire to bring NSW into line with other jurisdictions. It was initially slated to end on February 9 but was extended another month.

The NHVR said in January it was working with the NSW Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) to educate drivers about the changes.

"Work diaries are an important tool in the management of fatigue and are utilised in all other states for the purpose of effectively monitoring fatigue and improving safety outcomes," it says.

Truck drivers in NSW can purchase work diaries from any Roads and Maritime Services motor registry.

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