ALRTA WELCOMES FIRST AFM TEMPLATE
FOR LIVESTOCK TRANSPORTERS
The ALRTA welcomes today’s announcement by the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) of the first Advanced Fatigue Management (AFM) template for livestock transporters.
The template allows accredited drivers to work 14hr days each day over a fortnightly cycle with ‘risk-offsetting’ restrictions around driving between midnight and 4am.
ALRTA Vice President Graeme Hoare commended the cooperative approach taken by NHVR to improve the operating environment for livestock transporters.
“NHVR staff have worked closely with ALRTA member operators to understand our driving task and the parallel animal welfare requirements that apply,” said Vice President Hoare.
“The template will deliver much needed flexibility for livestock transporters to complete their often unpredictable tasks in remote environments and take better quality rest at more convenient times and locations. This will improve productivity, driver safety and animal welfare outcomes in the Australian livestock supply chain,” he said.
AFM templates are a whole new approach to AFM entry under the Heavy Vehicle National Law. Standardised templates allow the fatigue risks to be considered ‘up front’ so that individual operators do not each have to present their own safety case. This greatly reduces the cost and red-tape associated with an AFM application.
Real world data supplied to the NHVR by the ALRTA, and assessed by fatigue experts, has demonstrated that the Livestock Template is low risk when the appropriate risk offsets are applied.
Vice President Hoare said that he expected the template to be popular with livestock transporters. “There are many operators who are interested in the AFM option but who have been deterred by the previous complex and expensive application system,” said Vice President Hoare.
“The template package is easy to understand and will be a simple transition for operators already accredited under BFM. New entrants will also be greatly assisted by the package of supporting information that clearly outlines the operational requirements and how to meet them,” he said.
The Livestock Transport Fatigue Management Scheme Template will be available on the NHVR website from 1 July 2015.
The ALRTA is continuing to work with the NHVR to broaden the scope of the new template to include all types of rural transport and to develop additional templates suitable for longer work days or the pooling of hours across multiple days.
ALRTA Executive Director, Mathew Munro, on 02 6247 5434 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
25 June 2015