Tue 31 Mar 2015

Tasmania commences national fatigue laws

Fatigue provisions of the Heavy Vehicle National Law commenced in Tasmania on Monday 30 March 2015.

The implementation will see changes to work and rest limits for heavy vehicle drivers and the management of driver fatigue.

The national law will cover “fatigue-regulated heavy vehicles”, which are:

  • vehicles with a gross vehicle mass (GVM) of over 12t
  • combinations when the total of the GVM is over 12t
  • buses over 4.5t GVM with a seating capacity of more than 12 adults (including the driver)
  • a truck or a combination including a truck, with a GVM of over 12t with a machine or implement attached to it.

For further information visit www.transport.tas.gov.au/vehicles/national_heavy_vehicle_regulator
Engaging with industry

To better understand and resolve industry issues, the NHVR has established a dedicated industry reference forum and four industry operator groups to generate practical, workable solutions and identify opportunities for improvement in our customer service operations and the heavy vehicle regulatory framework.

  • NHVR Industry Reference Forum

Industry Operator groups

  • NHVR Agricultural Industry Operators Group
  • NHVR Crane Industry Operators Group
  • NHVR Livestock and Rural Transporters Industry Operators Group
  • NHVR Oversize/Overmass Industry Operators Group

The list of members of each of these groups as well as the communiques from each meeting can be found at www.nhvr.gov.au/engagingwithindustry
Heavy Vehicle Brake Systems Survey

The NHVR and the Australian Government Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development are working with industry and jurisdictions to develop appropriate guidance on the use of emerging braking technologies. The aim is to encourage their safe uptake and application to the Australian heavy vehicle fleet, particularly where these technologies are matched with older, less responsive braking systems when mixing and matching combinations.

The Department, with the support of a number of peak industry associations, has released a survey on the use of advanced heavy vehicle braking systems.

This survey is being targeted at operators, manufacturers and maintenance service providers to get a broad sample of industry practices. The survey seeks information about Brake Load Proportioning (BLPV), Antilock Brake Systems (ABS) and Electronic Stability Control (ESC).

The survey will remain open for the next few months and will be used to inform Phase II of the National Heavy Vehicle Braking Strategy (NHVBS)

Complete the survey at www.surveymonkey.com/r/vss_DIRD_survey