04:00 pm, Monday 26 August, 2013
After the National Transport Commission (NTC) called for feedback in April 2013 on the proposed revisions to the driver work diary, an updated version of the diary is going to be released on the 1st September this year.
The changes in the diary align it with the new fatigue regulations that were approved in March 2013 by the Standing Council on Transport and Infrastructure. These are part of the Heavy Vehicle National Law (HVNL).
NTC Project Director Dr Sarah Jones said that the, “changes to the National Driver Work Diary will make it simpler, quicker and clearer for drivers to fill out the daily sheets as there is less information required and not as much duplication.”
The updated work diary will include changes such as:
- Only requiring drivers to record their vehicle registration once a day or if their vehicle changes, rather than at every break.
- Only requiring drivers to record the location and odometer reading at the start of a rest break, unless the location or odometer reading have changed during the break.
- Only requiring drivers to record their operator’s Basic Fatigue Management (BFM) or Advanced Fatigue Management (AFM) accreditation number in the diary once (or again if it changes), rather than on every daily sheet.
- No longer requiring solo drivers to record the state or territory where their licence was issued.
- A new optional comments section for recording information such as delays and notes made by authorised officers.
Regulations for fatigue oblige drivers to use work diaries to make sure that everyone involved in the supply chain is fulfilling their fatigue management obligations.
The updated diaries will be on sale from the 1st September however drivers will be able to use their old work diaries for up to six months after the commencement of the national law and regulations, after this they must use a new diary.