BFM accreditation offers more flexible hours and retains the ability to work 14
hour shifts. BFM gives operators a greater say in when they can work and rest
providing the risks of working long and night hours are properly managed.
If your operation requires more flexibility than available under Standard Hours
or BFM you should look at the Advanced Fatigue Management (AFM) option referred
to below. AFM may also be suitable for operators with specific needs such as
remote areas livestock transport
Operators will need to be accredited in the National Heavy Vehicle Accreditation
Scheme (NHVAS) and comply with
six (6) BFM Standards
scheduling and rostering, fitness for duty, fatigue knowledge and awareness,
responsibilities, internal review, and records and documentation.
Drivers and Operators in an alternative accreditation scheme deemed equivalent
to BFM [eg.TFMS] can get interim alternate entry/ access to the NHVAS via that
scheme for a ‘State approved’
agreed period of 12 months to 28 September/2009 ONLY
Working long hours and night shifts is widely recognised as high risk. Operators
and drivers who ‘do the right thing’ by managing fatigue risks have a greater
say in when drivers can work and rest and will now have access to a reasonable
We provide a useful
Hours Planner to assist in managing your driver fatigue.
The basis for operating under BFM is working safer, not less hours. Operators
who take basic steps to manage the risk of driver fatigue – such as planning
trips and schedules, training drivers and schedulers and checking records – can
schedule up to 14 hour shifts.
Benefits to the community include better and more consistent compliance with
road safety standards by heavy vehicle operators and preservation of the road
Refer to the NTC [National Transport Commission] information bulletins,
your State Authority web site for more information