Fatigue is a major issue for all transport operators. It’s even more important when you carry thousands of public transport passengers every day. The NSW State Transit Authority takes a proactive and comprehensive approach to managing fatigue to ensure safety of its drivers, its ‘customers’ and other road users.

Key Outcomes:

  • Fatigue is a significant safety risk for all transport operators but becomes even more important when you carry thousands of passengers each day
  • Involving all links in the chain of responsibility, from the CEO to the driver, makes efforts to address fatigue more effective
  • Each employee who can influence fatigue is properly trained – in accordance with State Transit’s
  • Fatigue Management Plan – and is aware of their responsibilities
  • Giving drivers input into operational matters that influence fatigue, such as work rosters, increases buy-in and effectiveness of measures
  • Drivers taking responsibility for presenting to work ‘fit for duty’ and assessing that fitness through methods like ‘I’m Safe’ is critical in supporting company measures to combat fatigue
  • A comprehensive approach to fatigue gives drivers confidence their health and wellbeing is important to their employer
  • A focus on individual health and workplace conditions, such as addressing sleep disorders, scheduling and rostering AFM shifts and providing quiet rooms and comfortable cabins, supports efforts to combat fatigue and increases acceptance