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Published Date 01 Feb 2018

Heavy Vehicle National Law

National Heavy Vehicle Work and Rest Hours Exemption (Personal Use) Notice 2018 (No.1)

1.       Purpose

To exempt specified categories of permitted personal activity from the definition of work, with the intention that those activities are not counted as work time for a driver under Standard Hours.

Note:     Permitted Personal Activity is defined in this Notice, and the specific list of activities that fall within the definition are provided in the Heavy Vehicle Advisory Publication - Personal Use of Fatigue-Regulated Heavy Vehicles.

2.       Authorising Provision

This notice is made under section 266 of the Heavy Vehicle National Law.

3.       Commencement

This notice commences on 1 February 2018.

4.       Expiry

This notice expires on 31 January 2021.

5.       Title

This notice may be cited as the National Heavy Vehicle Work and Rest Hours Exemption (Personal Use) Notice 2018 (No.1).

6.       Definitions

1)      Unless otherwise stated, words and expressions used in this Notice have the same meanings as those defined in the Heavy Vehicle National Law (HVNL).

2)      In this Notice-

Permitted Personal Activity means an activity specified in the Heavy Vehicle Advisory Publication - Personal Use of Fatigue-Regulated Heavy Vehicles.

Relevant Vehicle means the fatigue-regulated heavy vehicle that a driver is using for permitted personal activity.

7.       Application – Class of Driver

1)      This Notice only applies to a solo driver of a fatigue-regulated heavy vehicle who would otherwise be driving under Standard Hours pursuant to section 5 of the Heavy Vehicle (Fatigue Management) National Regulation (the Regulation).

2)      This notice does not apply to drivers operating under any other work and rest hours exemption or work and rest option.


8.       Exemption – Maximum Work Time under Standard Hours

When operating under the conditions of this notice, the driver of a fatigue regulated heavy vehicle operating under this Notice is exempt from section 5(2)(a) of the Regulation.

Note:-   this specifically exempts drivers from the maximum work hours allowed under Standard Hours. The required rest break requirement is not exempted.


9.       Conditions - Maximum work times and minimum work times

1)      A driver operating under this notice must comply with the Standard Hours requirements set out in section 5 of the Regulation, but with the additional work time allowed under this section.

2)      For the purposes of conducting Permitted Personal Activity a driver may drive, or perform any other task relating to a fatigue-regulated heavy vehicle, for up to one extra hour in a 24 hour total period under (Column 1) of Table 1 in Schedule 1 of the Regulation.

3)      The extra hour allowed in (2) does not count as work toward Maximum Work Time under Column 2 of Table 1 in Schedule 1 of the Regulation.

4)      The extra time provided in (2) must be taken in a single continuous period.

5)      This section does not apply to Permitted Personal Activity conducted in the first and last 3 hours of any 24 hour rest break.

Note:-   Section 221 of the HVNL defines work and prescribes activities relating to a fatigue-regulated heavy vehicle that are regarded as work.

Section 10 below places a requirement on when time used for Permitted Personal Activity must be recouped.


10.   Conditions – Consecutive 24 hour restriction

The extra one hour of Permitted Personal Activity allowed in 9(2) above may not be used in consecutive 24 hour periods.

Note:-   this provision serves to limit the use of the extra hour of work for Permitted Personal Activity, but also serves to ensure that drivers are able to operate under this Notice on the following day (when the extra hour is not available), in order to assist transition back to Standard Hours.





11.   Conditions – Recording Permitted Personal Activity

If the work time allowed for Permitted Personal Activity allowed under 9(2) is used on a given calendar day, the driver must record in the Comments Section of their current work diary for that day when that work took place. 

Note:-   drivers operating under an exemption must always nominate the exemption as their work and rest options arrangement.


12.   Conditions - Limits on application of Permitted Personal Activity

1)      Driving a relevant vehicle for the extra hour allowed for Permitted Personal Activity under 9(2) and recorded under 11 can only be undertaken if the vehicle is not:

a)      carrying a load; or

b)      towing another vehicle.



Dated: 30 January 2018


Geoff Casey

Executive Director, Productivity and Safety

National Heavy Vehicle Regulator