Time to change

Drivers are being urged to take up new work diaries as the changeover period ends

Time to change
Time is running out for old work diaries

Heavy vehicle drivers and operators are being urged to make the switch to the new National Driver Work Diary before the changeover period expires next month.

National Heavy Vehicle Regulator Chief Executive Sal Petroccitto says August 10, 2014 marks the end of the six-month changeover period following the introduction of the new work diary on February 10, 2014.

"The commencement of the Heavy Vehicle National Law earlier this year saw the new work diary roll out in Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia, but we wanted to give industry time to make the change," he says.

"Already, more than 67,000 new work diaries have been sold around the country, but I urge drivers travelling in and through these states who have yet to start using the diary to pick up a copy as soon as possible."

In the states where the new fatigue laws apply, all drivers of fatigue-regulated heavy vehicles who drive more than 100km from their home base or operate under Basic Fatigue Management or Advanced Fatigue Management must complete a work diary to record their work and rest times unless they have a work diary exemption.

Exemptions may also be available to heavy vehicle drivers operating under standard hours, who cannot make records in their work diary because of literacy issues or a print disability.

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