Heavy vehicle driver fatigue data
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The goal of the heavy vehicle fatigue data framework project is to improve road safety by collecting and analysing heavy vehicle driver fatigue data. The framework has been developed for both ongoing data collection and new scientific research at a national level, providing an improved evidence-base for future policy decisions.
The national framework is a major collaborative initiative between the NTC, the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR), the Alertness Cooperative Research Centre (CRC), road agencies, police and industry.
A partnership between the Alertness CRC and the National Transport Commission (NTC), announced in December 2016, is evaluating the impacts of the Heavy Vehicle National Law (HVNL) on heavy vehicle driver fatigue.
The study is taking place over 18 months, measuring driver drowsiness and sleeping patterns, both on the road during real-world work shifts and in laboratory settings. The research will use state-of-the-art alertness measurement technologies and a unique combination of research and industry based expertise that is made available through the Alertness CRC.
The results of the study will be used to inform future possible reforms to the current fatigue law as part of the review of the Heavy Vehicle National Law.