Alberta fatigue pilot to start by April

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CALGARY, Alta. – The Alberta Trucking Industry Safety Association (ATISA) says its fatigue management pilot project is almost ready to begin, looking for a way to manage driver fatigue beyond traditional logbooks.

The goal is to have a fatigue management plan packaged by the end of 2000, to be sent out to carriers.

According to Lane Kranenburg, the group’s general manager, four fleets have been lined up to supply drivers for the testing, and the project partners – Transport Canada, WCB, Alberta Infrastructure and ATISA – have contributed $262,000 to fund the work to be completed by the Canadian Sleep Institute.

“The exact process is not yet set in stone,” Kranenburg said on the heels of a three-day meeting on the project. “We hope to begin testing as soon as April 2000.”

While Greyhound, Mantei Transport, Canadian Freightways and Grimshaw Trucking have been selected as the fleets to take part in the trials, he explains the minimum of 24 drivers who will be studied have yet to be selected.

“We want to get a real cross-section of the industry,” says Kranenburg. “We don’t just want 24 healthy 26-year-old guys. That wouldn’t be an accurate representation of the industry.”

ATISA wants to develop a comprehensive system that will take into account every aspect of life on the road.

“We’re talking about everything from waiting times to lifestyle,” says Kranenburg. “If this were to end up being just a look at hours of service, it will have been a failure.”

However, he’s quick to point out that testing won’t end until the end of 2001. He says the group wants to make sure the program will work in real-world situations. n

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