The NHVR has launched an operation running across South Australia,  and is reminding heavy vehicle drivers to stay alert behind the wheel  with the operation running from the Western Australia border to Port Augusta.

NHVR chief operations officer Paul Salvati said the week-long operation aims to prevent fatigue-related breaches from occurring in the area.

“The NHVR’s Safety and Compliance Officers will have an increased presence at the WA and SA border, ensuring drivers are maintaining accurate work diaries, which are a critical tool in complying with work and rest requirements,” Salvati said.

“Our operations aren’t just about intercepts and enforcement; they are focused on educating drivers on how they can actively manage their fatigue and make sure their movements are safe and efficient.

“Of course, we won’t hesitate to enforce the Heavy Vehicle National Law for those intentionally doing the wrong thing, but I encourage any driver with a question regarding their compliance to chat to our on-road officers, who are there to support them where required.

“NHVR officers will also work with Main Roads WA staff throughout the operation, in a collaborative effort to ensure all drivers make it to their destination safely.”

Mr Salvati said the operation was timely, with 35 lives lost in crashes involving a heavy vehicle across Australia already this year, nine of which happened in SA and WA.

“One life lost on our roads, is one too many,” he said.

“At the NHVR, we make it our priority to do all we can to prevent these tragic incidents from taking place – we want every road user out there to make it home safely.”

The NHVR is reminding drivers of the proactive measures they can take to mitigate the impact of fatigue on our roads, including  ensuring you are well-rested before embarking on your journey, pre-plan your journey, and schedule rest stops, recognising the signs of fatigue,  take frequent rest and meal breaks, and not attempting to ‘push through’ until you reach your destination. be aware of diet and lifestyle choices that could have an impact on fatigue and ensuring you are accurately filling out your work diary.

“We are encouraging all heavy vehicle drivers to recognise the signs of fatigue – even if you are complying with work and rest requirements, you may still feel too tired to drive,” Salvati said.

“Always prioritise your rest beaks – it is just never worth the risk.”

The NHVR encourages drivers who feel pressured by their employer to drive while fatigued to call the NHVR’s Heavy Vehicle Confidential Reporting Hotline on 1800 931 785.