December 2010 in Freight Operations
A Driver is seeking clarification about the minimum number of hours in a rest day. Until recently, their understanding has been that Drivers are allowed 32 hours rest on a single rest day and 56 hours for a double rest day.
However, on call shifts occasionally encroach into rest periods
and rosters do not always allow for the 32 hour and 56 hour rest
periods. Fatigue could become a factor when returning to work
without adequate rest. The Driver also feels that sufficient
personal time away from work is needed when working consecutive shifts or when working on call.
Could Freightliner Heavy Haul:
Rest periods between shifts are a minimum of 12 hours as per our national terms and conditions and this has not changed over the last 10 years. Rest periods of 32 or 56 hours are not in our terms and conditions and never have been.
I would advise the reporter to speak to their Line Manager to discuss the matter further.