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NSW Driver Fatigue Work Diary Exemptions Expire Soon

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April 28, 2016

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From 1 May 2016 there will be changes to work diary requirements for heavy vehicle drivers. Drivers operating under Advanced Fatigue Management (AFM) and Basic Fatigue Management (BFM) will now need to carry and complete their work diary for all journeys. What’s changed? Previously in NSW work diaries only needed to be filled in when drivers travelled outside of a radius of 100 km from their base, or if they had made such a trip within the past 28 days. This applied to all drivers, whether they were operating under Standard […]


National Heavy Vehicle Law – Financial orders a Court can make in addition to fines

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January 30, 2015

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The first thing most of my clients ask me when they are charged with an offence is “what’s the worst case scenario?” Most people are ready for a significant fine, demerit points or maybe the suspension of their driver’s licence. However, there are some other surprising options available to the Court to punish people for offences under the National Heavy Vehicle Law. Firstly, there are a variety of financial orders that a Court can make in addition to fines. If any damage has been caused by the offence the Court can […]


Fatigue Management Rules for Truck Drivers

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November 27, 2014

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Long distance truck drivers would be very familiar with the fatigue management rules. Planning work times, rest times and filling out the work diary are integral parts of the job. The strict rules mean that you must plan your trips carefully to ensure the numerous required breaks are taken. While fatigue rules are undoubtedly important for safety, it can be difficult to balance them with the needs of a trucking business. The National Heavy Vehicle Law recognises this and allows exemptions from the standard fatigue rules for operators who demonstrate high […]


Notice to Provide Document and Information – Heavy Vehicle Offences

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October 10, 2014

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Most truckies have experienced being stopped by the authorities for a random vehicle check. As such, most are familiar with the inspectors’ roadside powers to stop, measure and weigh vehicles, examine work diaries and check permits. What many are less familiar with are the ‘off road’ investigation powers. The National Heavy Vehicle Law gives investigators the power to demand the production of documents and information about vehicles and loads from certain people. It is an offence not to comply, carrying a maximum fine of several thousand dollars. The investigators will use […]

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