Fatigue exemption notice for emergency service workers

A new fatigue exemption notice will mean drivers of fatigue-regulated emergency service vehicles will be exempt from work diary and record-keeper requirements while preparing for emergencies.

The National Heavy Vehicle Volunteer Emergency Services Work Diary and Record Keeping Exemption Notice 2023 (No.1) comes into effect on February 1.

The National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) has partnered with AFAC, the National Council for Fire and Emergency Services in developing the new notice.

“Recent events have clearly demonstrated the importance of preparing for emergencies, and this notice will help by cutting administrative red tape for drivers of these vehicles, who are often volunteers,” NHVR CEO Sal Petroccitto said.

“The exemption provides efficiency benefits in non-emergency situations, such as relocating fatigue-regulated heavy vehicles pending deployment to an emergency event, or for training and maintenance.

“AFAC members already implement fatigue management policies and controls that replicate or are more restrictive than standard hours under the HVNL, so the exemption does not pose any additional safety risks.”

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