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We are collaborating with the NHVR, industry and governments to develop a national framework for collecting real-life operational data to better inform future fatigue policy.

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 Cooperative Research Centre for Alertness, Safety and Productivity (Alertness CRC), road agencies, police and industry.

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In April 2019 the NTC and the Alertness CRC released the results of this world-first study into heavy vehicle driver fatigue.

The two-year scientific study evaluated alertness monitoring technology and the impacts of work shifts on driver alertness. It analysed shift start time, the number of consecutive shifts, shift length, shift rotation, rest breaks and their likely impact on driver drowsiness and fatigue.

The findings will inform future fatigue policy as part of the review of the Heavy Vehicle National Law.

Infographic describing the findings of the heavy vehicle driver fatigue study


In November 2014, the Transport and Infrastructure Council (TIC) endorsed an NTC business case to develop the national framework in collaboration with the NHVR. 

The Heavy Vehicle Driver Fatigue Data Final Report was released in May 2016. The final report establishes a national framework to collect and analyse fatigue data to better inform future fatigue policy. 

The national framework consists of four initiatives endorsed by the Transport and Infrastructure Senior Officials' Committee (TISOC) in March 2016: 

  1. Scientific research led by the Alertness CRC to evaluate the impact of fatigue laws on heavy vehicle drivers. For more information, read the Heavy vehicle driver fatigue research project fact sheet
  2. Analysis of de-identified commercial data to identity when drivers are most fatigued during a work schedule. 
  3. National harmonisation of fatigue crash reporting and coding to enable consistent and comparable data analysis across states and territories. 
  4. Road agency feasibility review to link crash data and fatigue accreditation data to identify the representation of BFM and AFM drivers in fatigue-related crash statistics. 

These research and data collection initiatives are designed to address priority fatigue issues. The design of the framework and the priority fatigue issues are based on submission feedback to Developing a heavy vehicle fatigue data framework discussion paper, which was released in August 2015. The discussion paper identified how governments can work together, and with industry, to develop a national framework to help collect real-life operational data to better inform future fatigue policy.    

The NTC will report on the progress of the national framework annually to TISOC.

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Project Manager Mandi Mees
Last Updated: 18/4/2019