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NHVR seeks operator feedback on fatigue tech

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NHVR seeks operator feedback on fatigue tech
The NHVR is seeking operator feedback on fatigue-monitoring devices

 

The next phase of ongoing research into fatigue-monitoring technology has seen the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) call out for heavy vehicle operators that have used such devices to contribute their experiences and insight into the technology.

The NHVR recently appointed an independent research team to work with companies currently using, or having previously used, fatigue detection technology and devices in their business.

All data will be treated confidentially and not be identifiable in analysis as belonging to the company.

NHVR fatigue specialist Andreas Blahous says expressions of interest are being sought from transport companies and manufacturers to take part in the independently-run safety project.

"We’ve asked independent research specialists to look at ways the NHVR can encourage the broader use of the different fatigue and distraction detection technology operators are already using," Blahous says.

"Operators told us at a Fatigue Safety Forum last October that this technology has the ability to identify fatigue incidents before they occur.

"We’ll be looking to learn from existing projects such as the Queensland Trucking Association’s Heavy Vehicle Safety Around Ports program and the Smart Truck program but we see a unique opportunity for operators to contribute their experiences and make a real and positive difference to safety on our roads.

"The research team will ask operators to provide access to data, discussions with staff and drivers using the technology.

"This is an opportunity for companies to be part of a broader industry pilot as the next stage of the project."

The NHVR says it will host two seminars at the Brisbane Truck Show on Thursday May 16 and Saturday May 19, and EOIs are due by May 21.

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