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NHVR reveals Operation Forager outcomes

Operation Forager

The National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) has announced the successful conclusion of Operation Forager, a four-week initiative dedicated to combating heavy vehicle driver fatigue during the holiday season.

The NHVR partnered with police across the country to conduct Operation Forager, which commenced 20 November 2023, to heighten awareness about the critical nature of managing fatigue while driving heavy vehicles.

The national operation represents another step forward in the NHVR’s ongoing commitment to enhancing road safety and ensuring the well-being of both heavy vehicle drivers and the wider community.

“Work diary and fatigue-related education was provided in 623 of these intercepts, accounting for approximately 156 hours of roadside education with drivers, highlighting the NHVR’s commitment to safety within the heavy vehicle industry,” says Paul Salvati, NHVR Chief Operations Officer.

“Operation Forager shows the effectiveness of our holistic approach to safety, that combines education with enforcement, ensuring that heavy vehicle operators are not only aware of the regulations but also equipped with the knowledge to make informed decisions on the road about their safety.

“I would like to commend the heavy vehicle industry for their safety efforts over the busy holiday period, particularly during the severe weather events we experienced across the country.”

Paul notes Operation Forager placed a strong emphasis on the importance of maintaining accurate work diaries, as a critical tool in complying with work and rest hour requirements and preventing fatigue-related incidents.

“By investing significant time and effort in educating heavy vehicle drivers on work diaries and fatigue, especially new drivers, we aim to create a lasting impact that extends beyond the duration of this operation,” he adds.

“Education is an investment in safety. By ensuring drivers understand the importance of accurate work diaries, we are arming them with the knowledge to actively manage their work and rest hours.”

Paul explains while education is a powerful tool in preventing fatigue-related incidents, the NHVR doesn’t hesitate to enforce the Heavy Vehicle National Law where required.

For more information on the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator, click here.


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