Private Drivers Online Pty Ltd - Fatigue Management Policy

PREAMBLE: Driver affiliates of Private Drivers Online Pty Ltd are independent sub-contractors and should read these policies and guidelines as an aggregate of their total driving activities across multiple platforms and authorised providers.

1. Purpose
The purpose of this Fatigue Management Policy is to ensure the safety and well-being of our drivers and clients by effectively managing fatigue-related risks. This policy aims to establish guidelines and procedures to prevent and mitigate the potential dangers associated with driver fatigue.

2. Scope
This policy applies to all drivers affiliated with the business and covers all driving activities performed on behalf of the company.

3. Responsibilities
3.1 Management:

  • Management is responsible for implementing and enforcing this policy.

  • They must provide adequate resources and support to ensure compliance with fatigue management guidelines.

  • Regular monitoring and review of the policy's effectiveness should be conducted.

3.2 Drivers:

  • Drivers must familiarize themselves with this policy and comply with all fatigue management guidelines.

  • They should report any concerns or issues related to fatigue promptly to management.

  • Drivers are responsible for ensuring they are fit for duty and well-rested before each shift.

4. Fatigue Management Guidelines
4.1 Rest Breaks:

  • Drivers must take regular rest breaks during their shifts to prevent fatigue.

  • A minimum of 30 minutes of rest should be taken after every 4 hours of continuous driving.

  • Drivers should avoid driving for more than 10 hours in a 24-hour period.

4.2 Shift Scheduling:

  • Management should schedule shifts in a way that allows for adequate rest periods between shifts.

  • Drivers should have a minimum of 8 hours of uninterrupted rest between shifts.

  • Avoid scheduling consecutive night shifts to minimize the impact of sleep disruption.

4.3 Monitoring and Reporting:

  • Drivers should report any signs of fatigue, such as drowsiness or reduced alertness, immediately to management.

  • Management should regularly monitor drivers' compliance with rest breaks and shift scheduling guidelines.

  • Incident reporting procedures should be in place to capture any fatigue-related incidents or near misses.

5. Training and Education

  • All drivers should receive comprehensive training on fatigue management, including the identification of fatigue symptoms and the importance of rest breaks.

  • Regular refresher training sessions should be conducted to reinforce the importance of fatigue management.

6. Continuous Improvement

  • This policy will be regularly reviewed and updated to reflect any changes in legislation or best practices.

  • Feedback from drivers and clients should be considered to improve the effectiveness of fatigue management measures.

By adhering to this Fatigue Management Policy, Private Drivers Online Pty Ltd aims to prioritise the safety of our drivers and clients, ensuring a well-rested and alert workforce.