Ministers support training package for new fatigue laws

The Australian Transport Council (ATC) has unanimously endorsed a training package to support heavy vehicle driver fatigue accreditation.
 
New South Wales, Victoria, Queensland and South Australia are working toward implementing the national Heavy Vehicle Driver Fatigue reform on 29 September 2008.
 
Drivers and schedulers working under the new Basic Fatigue Management (BFM) or Advanced Fatigue Management (AFM) schemes must now demonstrate that they are competent at managing fatigue risks. Drivers working under Standard Hours will not be impacted.
 
“It’s basically a step-up from the existing Transitional Fatigue Management Scheme (TFMS) training requirements”, said National Transport Commission (NTC) chief executive Nick Dimopoulos.
 
“Drivers will have their existing training and skills recognised, so many will only need to complete a ‘top-up’ course.”
Drivers currently accredited in the TFMS scheme can operate under BFM hours until 30 April 2009. This provides more time to complete the training.
 
A Statement of Attainment in the following competencies can be obtained from Registered Training Organisations (RTO):
·          TLIF1007C Apply fatigue management strategies (for drivers)
·          TKIF6307A Administer the implementation of fatigue management strategies (for schedulers)
 
More information on training, including a list of RTOs offering competency units, has been published on the NTC website.
 
NTC has developed an extensive national communications package to assist transport operators, drivers and other parties in the supply chain. An Implementation Kit includes bulletins, fatigue and napping guidelines, self-assessment tools, presentations and promotional material.
 
“Commencement of the new laws is less than six months away. I’d encourage everyone in the supply chain to understand how the new laws impact on your business and what you need to do, such as training drivers and schedulers,” Mr Dimopoulos added.
 
Content on the NTC website is free and available for download in the Heavy Vehicle Driver Fatigue reform section (www.ntc.gov.au).
 
Check road agency websites for the latest information on reform implementation in your State or Territory.
Ministers also approved the BFM and AFM Standards, Assessor and Enforcement Officer Guidelines, minor amendments to the model legislation and a new national Work Diary.
 
Basic Fatigue Management (BFM) Standards
 
Advanced Fatigue Management (AFM) Standards
 
Assessor Guidelines
 
 

A new beginning for transport: National Road Safety Council

Australia’s transport ministers will meet on July 25, 2008, with a view to taking the first stage of the new transport policy framework to the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) in October 2008.

The agenda will include a proposal for a National Road Safety Council to drive national implementation of best practice road safety reform.

National Road Safety Council

On average, more than four people a day are killed on Australian roads. The Bureau of Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Economics estimate the cost of road fatalities and injuries at $17 billion a year.

In 2000, Australia’s transport ministers targeted a 40% reduction in the rate of road deaths over 10 years.

National Transport Commission (NTC) CEO Nick Dimopoulos said while considerable progress has been made, continued road safety gains are increasingly difficult to achieve.

”A new approach is needed to identify, share and implement proven safety initiatives, which we know will save lives and reduce injuries,” he said.

The National Road Safety Council will draw on road safety expertise from within governments, industry and academia to advise Ministers on road safety and to drive implementation of “best practice” road safety measures.

Mr Dimopoulos said NTC has already agreed to implement “best practice” speed management initiatives nationally. By sharing information on what works best, governments can reduce injuries and save more lives.

"The National Road Safety Council will further extend this road safety “best practice” approach to ensure all Australians benefit from the same high standards, wherever they live," he said.

The Safety & Security Working Group, led by Queensland, is working with all governments to develop the proposal for a National Road Safety Council. This collaborative approach to road safety will involve government, industry and the community.

For more information, see National Transport Plan and Policy Framework presented to ministers on 29 February 2008.  

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