NHVR launch week-long fatigue blitz in SA

The National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) has today launched a blitz in South Australia targeting fatigue-related breaches.

Running from the Western Australia border to Port Augusta in South Australia, the week-long blitz will focus on up-to-date and accurate work diaries.

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NHVR Chief Operations Officer Paul Salvati says this operation is needed to remind truckies to stay alert behind the wheel.

“The NHVR’s Safety and Compliance Officers will have an increased presence at the WA and SA border, ensuring drivers are maintaining accurate work diaries, which are a critical tool in complying with work and rest requirements,” Salvati says.

“Our operations aren’t just about intercepts and enforcement; they are focused on educating drivers on how they can actively manage their fatigue and make sure their movements are safe and efficient.

“Of course, we won’t hesitate to enforce the Heavy Vehicle National Law for those intentionally doing the wrong thing, but I encourage any driver with a question regarding their compliance to chat to our on-road officers, who are there to support them where required.

“NHVR officers will also work with Main Roads WA staff throughout the operation, in a collaborative effort to ensure all drivers make it to their destination safely.”

Salvati says the operation is timely, with 35 lives lost in crashes involving a heavy vehicle across Australia already this year, nine of which happened in SA and WA.

“One life lost on our roads, is one too many,” he says.

“At the NHVR, we make it our priority to do all we can to prevent these tragic incidents from taking place – we want every road user out there to make it home safely.”

The NHVR is reminding drivers of the proactive measures they can take to mitigate the impact of fatigue on our roads:

  • Ensure you are well-rested before embarking on your journey.
  • Pre-plan your journey, and schedule rest stops.
  • Recognise the signs of fatigue.
  • Take frequent rest and meal breaks, and do not attempt to ‘push through’ until you reach your destination.
  • Be aware of diet and lifestyle choices that could have an impact on fatigue.
  • Ensure you are accurately filling out your work diary.

“We are encouraging all heavy vehicle drivers to recognise the signs of fatigue – even if you are complying with work and rest requirements, you may still feel too tired to drive,” Salvati says.

“Always prioritise your rest beaks – it is just never worth the risk.”

The NHVR encourages drivers who feel pressured by their employer to drive while fatigued to call the NHVR’s Heavy Vehicle Confidential Reporting Hotline on 1800 931 785.

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