Working in consultation with the NZRMCA, the New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA) has developed a generic work time variation for drivers of ready mixed concrete trucks (agitator trucks), undertaking time critical delivery of ready mixed concrete.

The variation allows drivers who are approved by the NZTA to take more frequent but shorter rest breaks during a working day. It does not extend the number of hours available for work during a working day.

The variation applies to the drivers of agitator trucks used in a ready mixed concrete operation only. It does not apply to drivers of other vehicles that support the production or placement of ready mixed concrete, such as concrete pump trucks and trucks involved in the delivery of bulk cement or aggregate.

To summarise, under the variation, within any ‘cumulative work day’ a driver must be given the following rest breaks:

  • After a maximum of 4 hours work – 15 minutes: and
  • After a maximum 7 hours work and no more than 4 hours after the previous rest break – a further 15 minutes; and
  • After a maximum of 10 hours work and no more than 4 hours after the previous rest break - a further 15 minutes; and
  • After a maximum of 13 hours work – 10 hours

Rest breaks are not to be taken in a moving vehicle associated with work, and during a rest break the driver must not be involved in any loading/cleaning/unloading process or other activity related to the task.

The variation is based on research completed by TERNZ which suggests that the current work time requirement for drivers to have a 30 minute rest break after 5½ hours work is impeding the economic productivity of the industry.

The ready mixed concrete industry has put a conservative annual cost on this of $6 million. In addition, the research shows that short breaks, of 10 to 15 minutes, can be more beneficial for fatigue prevention than longer ones.

The variation is not available as of right; a written application has to be made to the NZTA. The NZTA will consider the application based on the information provided and other information it deems necessary to consider.

This may include but is not limited to the driver’s record (demerit points and disqualifications in a 5-year period), as well as the safety performance of the operator employing the drivers.

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Taken from the October 2012 NZRMCA Newsletter

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