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NHVR launches driver fatigue operation in South Australia


The National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) is launching a new driver fatigue operation in South Australia, running from the Western Australian border to Port Augusta.

It wants drivers to stay alert behind the wheel, and be aware of the signs of fatigue to prevent any incidents before they happen across the week-long operation.

“The NHVR’s Safety and Compliance Officers will have an increased presence at the WA and SA border, ensuring drivers are maintaining accurate work diaries, which are a critical tool in complying with work and rest requirements,” NHVR Chief Operations Officer Paul Salvati says.

“Our operations aren’t just about intercepts and enforcement; they are focused on educating drivers on how they can actively manage their fatigue and make sure their movements are safe and efficient.

“Of course, we won’t hesitate to enforce the Heavy Vehicle National Law for those intentionally doing the wrong thing, but I encourage any driver with a question regarding their compliance to chat to our on-road officers, who are there to support them where required.

“NHVR officers will also work with Main Roads WA staff throughout the operation, in a collaborative effort to ensure all drivers make it to their destination safely.”

The operation arrives amidst rising road toll figures, with 35 lives already lost on the road in incidents involving heavy vehicles in Australia this year, nine of which have happened in SA and WA.

The regulator reminds drivers to take these measures to mitigate the impact of fatigue:

  • Ensure you are well-rested before embarking on your journey.
  • Pre-plan your journey, and schedule rest stops.
  • Recognise the signs of fatigue.
  • Take frequent rest and meal breaks, and do not attempt to ‘push through’ until you reach your destination.
  • Be aware of diet and lifestyle choices that could have an impact on fatigue.
  • Ensure you are accurately filling out your work diary.

“One life lost on our roads, is one too many,” Salvati says.

“At the NHVR, we make it our priority to do all we can to prevent these tragic incidents from taking place – we want every road user out there to make it home safely.

“We are encouraging all heavy vehicle drivers to recognise the signs of fatigue – even if you are complying with work and rest requirements, you may still feel too tired to drive.

“Always prioritise your rest beaks – it is just never worth the risk.”

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