Fatigue management tech the focus of FatigueHACK

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Driver fatigue is an ongoing problem in the road transport industry, but even more so right now as the focus remains on safety issues in the industry.

The Australian Trucking Association (ATA) will be hoping to help tackle the heavy vehicle driver fatigue issue at a tech-focussed event set to be held as part of Trucking Australia 2018 in Canberra in April.

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Known as ‘FatigueHACK’, the event will focus on new technologies, designs, products, partnerships and policy around the fatigue issue.

And there will even be prizemoney on offer for those attendees who bring the best solutions to the problem.

ATA Chair Geoff Crouch telling us software developers, designers, industry experts, researchers, regulators and truck drivers are invited to attend and share their ideas.

“The current system minutely prescribes the hours and minutes that drivers can work, but we know that 58% of fatigue related crashes occur within 500 kilometres of the point of departure, well before the end of a driver’s shift.

“We want the HACK to be the most important development in truck driver fatigue policy since paper-based work diaries were introduced.

“Flexibility in fatigue management through the voluntary use of technology will not only result in better outcomes for road safety but will also enhance productivity, which is vital to our industry.

“It’s time to find a tech solution that can help drivers recognise and manage their own personal fatigue, as a voluntary alternative to written work diaries.”

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To register for FatigueHACK or Trucking Australia 2018, visit www.truckingaustralia.com.au.

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