Driver working hours

This paper has been prepared to elicit comments on the issue of regulating the maximum hours of working by drivers of heavy vehicles. The paper restricts itself to proposals for working hours, hours of rest and cycles of work. The development of administrative and enforcement issues is being investigated by other working groups including a project team convened by AUSTROADS. The issue of driver working hours is contentious. The question raises trade- offs between productivity, road safety and occupational health objectives. Individual differences mean the causality between driving or working hours and road safety is not clear. There is evidence to support the contention that drivers self-administer stimulants to reduce fatigue. On the other hand, Australia is a land of vast distances and in many areas is highly reliant on road transport. Modern business practices and restructuring of industry have seen the introduction of "just-in-time" deliveries and high "client needs" focus by road transport suppliers. These place pressures on driver scheduling and demands on working hours. The general recognition by the responsible operators of road transport that occupational health of drivers and road safety are in the best interests of their business and of their clients is a pleasing development that ought to see promotion of more flexible arrangements. The Commission has in this paper set out a number of issues, referenced for the reader earlier studies and developed an option for working hours. The Commission is yet to finalise its position. It seeks comments from interested parties on the issues developed and the position proposed.

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    National Road Transport Commission (NRTC)

  • Publication Date: 1992-10


  • English

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  • Pagination: 11p
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    • Issue Number: 5

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  • Accession Number: 01433302
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: ARRB
  • Files: ATRI
  • Created Date: Aug 24 2012 5:35PM