New fatigue driving hours for the bus and coach sector explained

By: Chris Smith


Last month Bus+Coach reported on the changes to fatigue rules, May's Bus+Coach gives you an in-depth look at the letter

Last month Bus+Coach reported on the changes to fatigue rules, May's Bus+Coach gives you an in-depth look at the letter of the law and how it will impact on your operation.

New national road transport Heavy Vehicle Driver Fatigue laws applying to buses and coaches with more than 12 seats are set to commence on September 29, 2008.

The laws set revised work and rest limits for bus drivers and require better management of driver fatigue.

The reform makes all parties in the transport chain legally responsible for preventing driver fatigue.

Tim Eaton, NTC General Manager (Safety) says the bus option arose from discussions with the industry.

"They told us about tour and charter operations that were low risk (not much night work, relatively short days) but where the drivers had very limited opportunities for decent blocks of rest because the tour might go a fortnight or more.

"We came up with something that gave the drivers the flexibility to take a decent break at the end of a month.

"This avoided the need to develop an Advanced Fatigue Management proposal for a relatively low risk operation," he tells Bus+Coach.

Read more of this article in the May 2008 issue of Australasian Bus+Coach.

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