The National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) is calling on the heavy vehicle industry to take extra care on the roads during this year’s Easter holidays.
NHVR CEO Sal Petroccitto said it was important for drivers and operators to continue practising good fatigue management by following work and rest requirements.
“While Easter is a fantastic time for families, travellers and holiday-makers each year, more road users means it is critical for the heavy vehicle industry to be extra cautious,” he said.
“We know we have fantastic drivers and operators doing the right thing, so we need them to keep up the good work and practise good behaviour like focusing on rest, taking meal breaks and looking after themselves on the road.”
Unfortunately last April, there were 14 heavy vehicle crashes recorded across the month on Australian roads.
To help avoid accidents, Petroccitto said heavy vehicle drivers must be aware of the five key indicators of fatigue.
“For anyone on the road feeling those signs of fatigue – inattention, irregular body movements, erratic vehicle movements, dull sensory alertness or poor concentration – that means it’s time to listen to your body,” he said.
“Drivers may be impaired even when complying with work and rest limits.
“So, even if you’re within your work and rest parameters, if you’re feeling the effects of fatigue this Easter, take a break.”
Petroccitto said implementing fatigue management was the key to a safe and happy Easter for all of industry and travellers alike.
“This is one of the best times of the year – so hop to it and make sure you have a safe journey on the roads this Easter.”