The Cooperative Research Centre for Alertness, Safety and Productivity (Alertness CRC) and the National Transport Commission (NTC) will provide a collaborative evaluation of the effect of the Heavy Vehicle National Law (HVNL) on heavy vehicle driver fatigue.
The research has been described as an Australia first, seeking to provide evidence of the impact of work scheduling practices on heavy vehicle driver fatigue. The quality and quantity of drivers’ sleep during minimum rest periods will also be evaluated.
The NTC said the lack of research meant we couldn’t properly understand the impact of current laws on driver fatigue.
Over the next 18 months, the study will measure driver drowsiness and sleeping patterns, on the road, during work shifts as well as in laboratory settings.
The research will hopefully support future fatigue reforms.