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More Flexibility For Truck Drivers

An initiative that will make it easier and more flexible for truck drivers to use their vehicles outside of work hours has been released.


The announcement is the culmination of Government working with the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) to extend the Personal Use Exemption for drivers operating under Basic Fatigue Management (BFM) and Advanced Fatigue Management (AFM).


There are currently more than 2300 operators utilising the benefits of AFM and BFM. 


This change will mean drivers operating under BFM and AFM will have an additional hour to use their fatigue-regulated heavy vehicle for personal use, which can be utilised during the 24 hour rest break.


Personal Use Exemption for drivers on Standard hours was allowed in 2018 and following industry feedback the NHVR has added the extension to drivers who are eligible for BFM and AFM.


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