Effective court ordered outcome for NHVR and Driver
A driver facing four charges of fatigue breaches and a maximum penalty of $67,320 has instead been ordered to obtain an Electronic Work Diary (EWD) by the South Australian court.
This is the 3rd successful application of a Supervisory Intervention Order (SIO) by the NHVR and the first time a court has ordered an EWD to address fatigue breaches.
Upon inspection of the vehicle’s load and driver’s work diary, the driver confirmed to NHVR Safety Compliance Officers in South Australia they had worked a total of 15 hours in a 24-hour period, which was in breach of the fatigue rules under the Heavy Vehicle National Law.
The driver appeared in court and pleaded guilty, with the NHVR Prosecutions team recommending an SIO as appropriate.
The court ordered the driver pay a $6,000 fine, wholly suspended if compliant with the SIO, which was approved in the form requested by the NHVR Prosecutions team.
As part of the SIO, the driver is required to:
- Purchase an NHVR-approved EWD
- Record their driving and rest breaks in the EWD
- Report their EWD records to the NHVR
NHVR Director of Prosecutions, Belinda Hughes said the order reflected the NHVR’s approach to seek sentences that are appropriate and proportionate to the nature of the safety risk and behaviour.
“These orders address the offending behaviour by focusing on education and strategies to prevent an offence occurring again,” MS Hughes said.
“In this case, the driver does not have to pay a fine, provided he complies with the 12 month court order.
“We hope that by using an EWD, the driver will improve his trip planning and ensuring he has adequate rest breaks preventing future fatigue breaches.”
(Information supplied by NHVR – On the Road Issue 127)