IVMS Driver Fatigue Prevention


The basis for operating under Basic Fatigue Management is working safer, not less hours.


Laws apply to trucks of greater than 12 tonnes gross vehicle mass and buses with 12 or more seats (9 seats in NSW) and are implemented in New South Wales, Northern Territory, Queensland, South Australia, Tasmania and Victoria.

By utilising Digicore’s IVMS tracking solution, records can be kept to assist in compliance and managing erratic driving, such as harsh braking and over speeding, which are often due to fatigue. The system will enable this to be quickly identified and addressed.

Our system is ideally suited to provide drivers with exact information on the following aspects:

  • where and when vehicles are driven
  • how fast they are driven
  • who is driving (enforced through a driver identification key system)
  • whether drivers comply with seatbelt rules
  • journey/fatigue management was complied with, including reminding the driver with in-cab alerts of when they need to be taking a break.
  • whether drivers keep their drivers licenses legally renewed

All of these are provided in addition to the standard benefits of having IVMS on board a vehicle, which includes management and monitoring of aspects such as harsh braking, excessive revving and extended idling.

This report shows an example of one of many reports that are available within the Digicore IVMS system. In this case it gives very accurate indications of not only for how long and when vehicles were driven, but it also includes information on a driver’s “total work day” i.e. it show what time of the day they started up for the first time and what time they “arrive back home” – all information very relevant to not only driver fatigue management, but also to legal aspects of fleet operators’ duty and care.

Please contact us for more information on (03)99452244 or email

GUIDELINES provided by the National Transport Commission include:

Internal Review
Operators must have a system to identify non-compliances and verify that the activities comply with the Basic Fatigue Management standards and the operator’s fatigue management system. Incidents must be identified, investigated and reasonable steps must be taken to manage any problems.

Records and Documentation
Operators must develop policies, procedures and instructions covering all activities required to meet BFM standards and keep records to provide evidence of compliance. These could include driving hours records ( diaries, rosters, schedules), a review of the fatigue management system in place and compliance checks. All managers, supervisors and drivers taking part in BFM must demonstrate they are competent in managing driver fatigue.