Safety

Standard Hours are the work and rest hours allowed in the HVNL for all drivers who are not operating under NHVAS accreditation or an exemption. They are the maximum amount of work and minimum amount of rest possible that can be performed without additional safety countermeasures.

Standard hours

Standard Hours are the work and rest hours allowed in the HVNL for all drivers who are not operating under NHVAS accreditation or an exemption. They are the maximum amount of work and minimum amount of rest possible that can be performed without additional safety countermeasures.

The table applies to solo drivers.

Operators with BFM accreditation can operate under more flexible work and rest hours, allowing for (among other things) work of up to 14 hours in a 24-hour period. BFM gives operators a greater say in when drivers can work and rest, as long as the risks of driver fatigue are properly managed.

Basic Fatigue Management (BFM)

Operators with BFM accreditation can operate under more flexible work and rest hours, allowing for (among other things) work of up to 14 hours in a 24-hour period. BFM gives operators a greater say in when drivers can work and rest, as long as the risks of driver fatigue are properly managed.

The table applies to solo drivers. 

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Seven fatigue management principles

The seven principles are grouped into three categories:

Work-related rest breaks (such as short rest breaks):

  1. Reduce the time spent continuously working in the work opportunity
  2. The more frequent breaks from driving, the better

Recovery breaks (such as major rest breaks):

  1. Ensure an adequate sleep opportunity in order to obtain sufficient sleep
  2. Maximise adequate night sleep
  3. Minimise shifts ending between 00:00-06:00
  4. Minimise extended shifts

Reset breaks (such as long periods of rest or extended leave):

  1. Prevent accumulation of fatigue with reset breaks of at least 30hrs (and include two night periods, 00:00 – 06:00) between work sequences

The NHVR has developed a spreadsheet to assist you in calculating the fatigue risks in your proposed work and rest hours. 

 

Reference – NHVR