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NHVR calls for operators using fatigue monitoring technology

Tuesday, 14 May, 2019 - 15:45
Policy & legislation
National News

The National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) is seeking expressions of interest from transport companies and manufacturers to take part in an independently-run safety project.

The NHVR is looking to meet heavy vehicle operators as part of a ground-breaking study into fatigue monitoring technology, according to NHVR fatigue specialist Andreas Blahous.

“We’ve asked independent research specialists to look at ways the NHVR can encourage the broader use of the different fatigue and distraction detection technology operators are already using,” Blahous said.

“Operators told us at a fatigue safety forum last October, that this technology has the ability to identify fatigue incidents before they occur.

“We’ll be looking to learn from existing projects such as the Queensland Trucking Association’s heavy vehicle safety around ports program and the smart truck program but we see a unique opportunity for operators to contribute their experiences and make a real and positive difference to safety on our roads.”

The NHVR recently appointed a team from CQ University and HGH Consultants to work with companies currently using, or having previously used, detection technology and devices in their business.

All data will be treated confidentially and not be identifiable in analysis as belonging to the company.

“This is an opportunity for companies to be part of a broader industry pilot as the next stage of the project,” Blahous said.

“The research team will ask operators to provide access to data, discussions with staff and drivers using the technology.”

Expressions of interest are due by 21 May and there is more information available on the fatigue monitoring trial.