01:03 pm, Thursday 1 March, 2012
Australians can now have their say on the proposed options for the consistent national regulation of the management of fatigue risk in the rail industry under the new Rail Safety National Law to commence in 2013.
The National Transport Commission (NTC) has released a draft regulatory impact statement available for public comment which offers four options for managing work and rest hours for rail workers.
According to NTC Chief Executive, Nick Dimopoulos, there are differences in how states and territories regulate fatigue across Australia but this is about to change.
“Complying with multiple fatigue management regulations can be costly and confusing for the rail industry, particularly interstate operators,” said Mr Dimopoulos.
“We’ve been working closely with the project office, governments, industry, unions and fatigue experts to look at ways to harmonise the requirements across the country, while boosting safety and productivity.
“Introduction of agreed national fatigue requirements will lead to a safer, more efficient and more competitive rail industry.”
The NTC, together with the National Rail Safety Regulator Project Office will hold a series of consultation forums in Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth, Melbourne and Sydney this month to solicit feedback on the draft regulatory impact statement.
Public consultation period will conclude on March 21.