In what has been hailed as a world first, the National Transport Commission (NTC) and Cooperative Research Centre for Alertness, Safety and Productivity (Alertness CRC) released the results of the study into heavy vehicle driver fatigue.
The researchers analysed aspects such as shift start time, the number of consecutive shifts, shift length, shift rotation, rest breaks and the impact these may have on driver alertness.
The 2 year study evaluated fatigue monitoring technology and the impact of work shifts on driver alertness.
Researchers found that slow eye and eyelid movements, prolonged eye closure and longer blink times were a good indicator of drowsiness and fatigue.
For more about the study and the key findings visit : https://www.fullyloaded.com.au/industry-news/1904/ntc-releases-world-first-heavy-vehicle-driver-fatigue-study