A CASE CONTROL STUDY OF HEAVY VEHICLE DRIVERS' WORKING TIME AND SAFETY

In New Zealand, heavy vehicle drivers carry log-books in which details oftheir driving hours must be recorded. It was decided to use this information to carry out a study on the risk of crash with respect to driving hours and other time intervals related to the drivers' working lives. In thestudy a case group of heavy vehicles involved in crashes (for which details of drivers' hours were known from their log-books) was compared with a control group of vehicles. The control group was selected by police goingto the scenes of crashes on an anniversary of the crash, at the same timeof day as the crash, and stopping a heavy vehicle. Where possible a vehicle was selected which was travelling in the same direction as the crash vehicle and which was of a similar configuration. Evidence was found of anincreased risk of crash in those cases where driving hours since the driver's last compulsory 10 hour off-duty period (as recorded in the log book)exceeded about eight. There were no other significant differences between the two groups with respect to other time intervals related to driving habits. There was a significant difference between the age distribution ofthe crash and control drivers with the crash drivers generally younger. (a) For the covering abstract of this conference see IRRD abstract no. 861222.

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  • English

Media Info

  • Features: References;
  • Pagination: p. 17-30

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00669801
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: ARRB
  • Files: ITRD, ATRI
  • Created Date: Dec 23 1994 12:00AM