There is a growing level of discussion and research into the mental demands of truck driving, particularly during the current pandemic. Spending a significant amount of time on the road away from friends and family can take an enormous toll.
Loneliness is increasingly being recognised as a key public health challenge, contributing to anxiety and depression as well increasing the risk of chronic health issues later in life. The nature of our industry means that truck drivers are particularly vulnerable.
The recent launch of Healthy Heads in Truck and Sheds (HHTS) highlights the effort to break down the stigma around mental health – particularly in an industry that supports a high percentage of men, who are less likely to seek help or talk about how they’re feeling.
In addition to HHTS, the NHVR is also proud to support funding for the NT Road Transport Association’s Working for a Healthier Tomorrow project, WA’s Injury Matters and their Mental and Physical Safety (MaPS) on Our Roads program, research by ACT-based OZHELP Foundation and expanding the Transport Workers’ Union’s Transport Industry Mental Health Initiative pilot.
It’s important to recognise that there is no silver bullet to improving mental health, but by working together across industry and government, we can make our industry safer and healthier.
If you or someone you know needs help, you are not alone. To speak to someone 24/7, you can call Lifeline on 13 11 14, or Beyond Blue on 1300 224 636.
Freight border crossing updates
The NHVR is continuing to coordinate information from state and federal authorities for essential travellers, including anyone moving freight.
Stay up to date with information about the ongoing requirements, particularly changes to COVID-19 testing requirements when crossing state borders.
If you have any questions that we haven’t answered on this page, you can contact us by phone on 1300 MYNHVR (1300 696 487), by email at email@example.com or by sending us a message on Facebook.
Project targets early intervention for truckie heart health
The Queensland Trucking Association will deliver the Driving Heart Health Project to improve the health and wellbeing of Australian truck drivers.
The project, funded under the NHVR’s Heavy Vehicle Safety Initiative, aims to increase physical and psycho-social health awareness for heavy vehicle drivers through an early-intervention health screening program.
The Australian Livestock and Rural Transporters Association (ALRTA) will deliver an education and awareness campaign to promote the adoption of the Registered Industry Code of Practice – Managing effluent in the livestock supply chain to industry stakeholders.
The funding for the project was provided under the NHVR’s Heavy Vehicle Safety Initiative.
The code is being developed in consultation with a working group representing a wide range of stakeholders from the livestock supply chain and related interest groups including livestock transporters, primary producers, feedlots, saleyards, agents, processors, animal welfare advocates, biosecurity experts and law enforcement.
The National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) has reminded drivers that the Heavy Vehicle Confidential Reporting Line (HVCRL) is ready to assist with resolving safety issues across the heavy vehicle Chain of Responsibility.
In 2019-20 the HVCRL, received 1,288 calls resulting in 889 reports that were assessed and investigated by the NHVR or police and transport authorities.
Information received about fatigue, loading and mechanical safety represent the most common reports.
Transport for NSW (TfNSW) wants to make it easier for farmers to access, understand and meet the legislative requirements of operating agricultural vehicles in NSW.
To better understand what farmers need, TfNSW has created a survey, which is open to the public until midnight Thursday 27 August. The results will be used to develop a solution that provides farmers with clear and accessible information about agricultural vehicles in NSW.