Truckies around NSW are being urged to “remain vigilant” with their written and electronic work diaries and follow work and rest requirments.
A state-wide operation was triggered in NSW after a considerable number of penalty notices issued in the state were found to be linked to fatigue related offences.
NHVR director of operations Central Region Brett Patterson said the operation is crucial to promote compliance, reduce fatigue related incidents and will target drivers who fail to comply with work diary requirements.
“Driving a heavy vehicle while feeling sleepy, physically or mentally tired, or lacking in energy, is a major safety hazard,” Patterson said.
“Falling asleep behind the wheel can be disastrous, but even a brief lapse in concentration can have serious consequences.
“Australia’s road toll is rising rapidly in almost every state and territory, and it is imperative we take additional measures to ensure safety on our roads.
Patterson said NHVR on-road officers will be patrolling locations frequented by long haul intrastate and interstate heavy vehicles across the state.
Earlier this month, the regulator carried out a ‘work diary blitz’ at the Marulan inspection station, where 18 work diary related offences were recorded from over 1000 intercepts.
At the time, the NHVR said, “there is still more work to do”.
NHVR said it places a strong focus on educating heavy vehicle drivers on the main causes of fatigue, and wants drivers to know some of the main signs can include:
- A lack of alertness
- Inability to concentrate
- Drowsiness, falling asleep or micro-sleeps
- Difficulty keeping your eyes open, excessive head nodding or yawning
- Blurred vision
- Near miss or incident
- Not keeping in a single lane
- Not maintaining a constant speed