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Administered by: Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities
Published Date 21 Dec 2018

Heavy Vehicle National Law

National Heavy Vehicle Concrete Agitator Work and Rest Hours Exemption Notice 2019 (No 1)

1         Purpose

The purpose of this Notice is to provide alternative short rest break requirements for drivers of fatigue-regulated heavy vehicles carrying pre-mixed concrete by removing short rest break requirements for drivers who have short work breaks instead.

Note:-   This notice replaces the National Heavy Vehicle Concrete Agitator Work and Rest Hours Exemption Notice 2017 (No 1)

2         Authorising Provision(s)

This notice is made under Section 266 of the Heavy Vehicle National Law as in force in participating jurisdictions.

3         Title

This notice may be cited as the National Heavy Vehicle Concrete Agitator Work and Rest Hours Exemption Notice 2019.

4         Commencement

This notice commences on 1 January 2019.

5         Expiry

This notice expires on 31 December 2021.

6         Definitions

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

(2)  In this Notice—

Concrete agitator means an item of plant or equipment that maintains plastic concrete in a mixed state.

Note:- definition as per Australian Standard AS 1379 (Clause 1.3.1)

Premixed concrete means concrete that has been obtained from a concrete supplier and which has either been centrally or mobile mixed.

Note:- definition as per Australian Standard AS 1379 (Clause 1.3.8)

Short work break means a period of at least 15 minutes during which:

(a)   the vehicle is stationary; and

(b)  the driver of the vehicle occupies the driver’s seat while the engine is running; and

(c)   the driver of the vehicle does no work within the meaning of the Heavy Vehicle National Law, other than remaining in the driver’s seat while the engine is running.

7         Application

(1)    This Notice applies to the driver of a fatigue-regulated heavy vehicle:

(a)     who is operating under standard hours or Basic Fatigue Management accreditation; and

(b)    who elects to take a short work break; and

(c)     the vehicle includes as part of its equipment a concrete agitator; and

(d)    the vehicle is loaded with pre-mixed concrete.

8         Exemption

(1)    This notice provides an exemption for maximum work requirements and minimum work requirements in the following instances:

(a)    if the driver is operating under standard hours, s5(1) and (2) of the Heavy Vehicle (Fatigue Management) National Regulation; or

(b)   if the driver is operating under Basic Fatigue Management Accreditation, s9(1) and (2) of the Heavy Vehicle (Fatigue Management) National Regulation.

9         Conditions- General

(1)    If a driver is required to keep a work diary, a driver must record the time and duration of each short work break in the “Number Plates and Comments” section of their national driver work diary.

(2)    If a driver is not required to keep a national driver work diary, a record keeper for the driver must record the time, place and duration of each short work break in the alternative records for that driver.

10     Conditions – Alternative  work and rest hours

The driver of a fatigue regulated heavy vehicle who elects to take a short work break under this Notice must comply with the alternative work and rest hours set out in Schedule 1.

 

Geoff Casey

Executive Director (Productivity and Safety)

National Heavy Vehicle Regulator

Schedule 1:  Alternative work and rest hours

As per section 10, a driver operating under this Notice who elects to take a short work break must meet the alternative rest and work hours set out in Table 1 of this Schedule.

Table 1: Alternative Work and Rest Hours (Short Work Break)

Column 1

Total Period

Column 2

Maximum Work Time

Column 3

Minimum Rest Time

In any period of…

A driver must not work for more than a maximum of…

And must have the rest of that period off work with at least a minimum rest break of…

12 hours

11 ½ hours work time

30 minutes rest time in blocks of 15 continuous minutes AND

30 minutes short work break time in blocks of 15 continuous minutes.

24 hours

12 ½  hours work time

7 continuous hours stationary rest time

7 days

72 hours work time

24 continuous hours stationary rest time

14 days

144 hours work time

2 x night rest breaks and 2 x night rest breaks taken on consecutive days

 

Note for drivers operating under this notice:

         i.            for drivers working under standard hours, this table applies instead of the table in Schedule 1 of the National Regulation titled “Table 1 Standard hours—solo driver of fatigue-regulated heavy vehicle”.

 

       ii.            for drivers working under Basic Fatigue Management, this table apples instead of the table in Schedule 2 of the National Regulation titled “Table 1 BFM hours- solo driver of fatigue-regulated heavy vehicle”.