A new fatigue exemption notice will enable drivers operating under the National Class 3 Supplementary Access (Western Australia Assistance) Exemption Notice 2023 (No.3) to legally operate under ‘Exemption’ work and rest hours instead of Standard Hours when transiting through South Australia; to help get supplies delivered to flood-impacted northern WA.
The notice comes after collaboration between National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR), Main Roads Western Australia, and the South Australian Department for Infrastructure and Transport.
NHVR CEO Sal Petroccitto said drivers who work for an operator that holds current accreditation through WA Heavy Vehicle Accreditation (WAHVA) can use the new National Heavy Vehicle Western Australia Supplementary Work and Rest Hours Exemption (No.1) when operating under the National Class 3 Supplementary Access (Western Australia Assistance) Exemption Notice.
“In addition to the WAHVA requirement, to use this fatigue exemption, drivers must be delivering goods from southern Western Australia to the flood-affected Kimberley Region, and have had a medical check in the past three years if aged 49 or younger, or in the past year if aged 50 or older,” Petroccitto said.
The NHVR has also recently extended the National Class 3 Supplementary Access (Western Australia Assistance) Exemption Notice until June 30, 2023.
“The extension of this notice is an important step in supporting the ongoing recovery efforts in the flood-affected regions in the north of Western Australia, by authorising the continued access of Class 3 heavy vehicles that are road trains up to 53.5m in length to a specified network from Western Australia to South Australia,” Petroccitto said.
“We ask that drivers of these vehicles please remember that the roads on this route are not designed for these longer vehicles, and to exercise particular caution and drive carefully when travelling to and from the affected regions.”
For more information about these two notices, see: