Heavy Vehicle Driver Fatique Research Project

Project: Research

Project Details

Project Description

Heavy vehicle drivers are exposed to various operating practices related to work and rest hours and overlapping 24-hour counting periods under the current Heavy Vehicle National Law (HVNL) regulations. Potential issues identified with work performed under these regulations may be placing drivers at increased risk of fatigue and impaired alertness, with possible consequences to the health and safety of the driver and others on the road. An improved evidence base is needed to understand the potential impact of these fatigue issues for heavy vehicle drivers and support any future reforms to the fatigue laws. This project aims to scientifically evaluate how different work and rest features of heavy vehicle truck driving under the HVNL impact drivers’ sleep, alertness and measures of driving impairment under naturalistic driving conditions. The project will also evaluate how performing a simulated nose-to-tail shift schedule (i.e., two extended work periods in a 24-h period) influences drivers’ alertness levels and measures of driving impairment compared to a shift schedule under an alternative rule set. The proposed data collection and planned analyses will facilitate the development of a comprehensive Heavy Vehicle Fatigue Data Framework with findings that will inform future fatigue polices for the heavy vehicle industry
Effective start/end date1/01/1731/12/18