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.
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.