Industry contingent joins QTA fatigue and distraction probe

Eyes on Fatigue pilot enters 24-month operational phase

Industry contingent joins QTA fatigue and distraction probe
Athol Carter


Eleven transport firms have been enlisted to participate in the operational phase of the Queensland Trucking Association (QTA) and Motor Accident Insurance Commission’s (MAIC’s) Eyes on Fatigue project.

Launched today, the 24-month pilot of Gen 2 Guardian Seeing Machines will provide research from data collected from truck fleets delivering freight around the country.
Eleven transport companies across various freight sectors and fleet sizes are involved in the pilot to measure the effectiveness of driver monitoring technology in reducing the incidence of driver distraction, inattention, and fatigue episodes.

The QTA says it is keen to learn from project participants and share the best approaches to manage the changes involved in deploying new technology into a fleet and workforce. 

"It’s great to have the operational phase of the project underway and start gathering data from fleets driving on the freight networks around the country," QTA CEO Gary Mahon says.

"We are pleased to be involved in a project that is proactive about the major causal factors contributing to heavy vehicles accidents being fatigue, driver distraction/inattention."

The operators involved are: Beggs Bulk, Cannon Logistics, CHS Broadbent, DTC Easters, Emerald Carrying Co, Frasers Livestock Transport, JBS Carriers, JD Refrigerated Transport, Lindsay Transport, MJ Mahon Transport, Russell Transport.

A look back on the project's earlier stages, here

"Seeing Machines provides us the opportunity to have conversations with drivers that encourage behavioural change," Frasers Livestock Transport fleet operations manager Athol Carter says.

"We hope this project will lead to having laws that allow drivers to individually manage fatigue using technology and move away from counting hours on paper." 
MJ Mahon Transport director Michael Mahon notes its results since installing Guardian Seeing Eye Machines have been impressive and all vehicles purchased in the future will include the technology.

Similarly, JD Refrigerated Transport director Joe Joseph says: "Safety is the highest priority for the team, and we are always looking at ways to improve in this area and the timing was right for us to be involved in the Eyes on Fatigue pilot.  So far, the team have been very happy with the results."
MAIC Insurance Commissioner Neil Singleton says his organisation is pleased to fund this trial and evaluation of driver monitoring technology in the heavy vehicle industry. 

"We are keen to support research which reduces the incidence and severity of motor vehicle crashes," Singleton says.

"We are particularly encouraged that the heavy vehicle industry, through the QTA is taking the lead on such a significant project. 

"We are also pleased to be able to fund the project evaluation to be undertaken by Dr Darren Wishart from Griffith University who has expertise in Organisational Driving Safety Systems Analysis."


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