Objective Of The Policy

We are committed to providing passengers with a safe and reliable commercial passenger service. Our driver fatigue management policy aims to ensure that drivers are fit to drive while undertaking a passenger service for URCAB customers. As part of URCAB's commitment to safety and fatigue management, drivers may be temporarily locked out of the URCAB driver app after long periods of activity. By accepting the terms of registration with URCAB, you agree to comply with this driver fatigue management policy and with any reasonable instruction, safety policy or procedure adopted by URCAB.

Definition of fatigue

Fatigue is a feeling of constant tiredness or weakness and can be physical, mental or a combination of both. It can affect anyone, and most adults will experience fatigue at some point in their life. Fatigue means a gradual loss of alertness that leads to occasional microsleeps (or 'nodding off') and then sleep. Driver fatigue can be caused by too little sleep, driving when you would normally be asleep or remaining awake and driving for extended periods of time. Fatigue can cause a vast range of other physical, mental and emotional symptoms including:

Danger Signs

Danger signs that you are suffering from driver fatigue include:

Diagnosing fatigue

As fatigue can present a vast range of symptoms and be caused by many different factors working in combination, diagnosis can be difficult. Your doctor may diagnose fatigue using a number of tests including:

Fatigue management

Driver fatigue is a significant safety hazard to you, your passengers and other road users.Fatigue reduces attentiveness and alertness to dangers, slows reaction times and can lead to micro-sleeps – factors contributing to the risk of a road crash. To mitigate against this risk, you should avoid driving tired. The risks associated with fatigue are best managed before you start driving by ensuring you regularly get enough sleep and avoid driving for lengthy periods of time or following a full day's work.

Treating fatigue

Fatigue is a symptom – something you can feel and describe – not a condition or disease. To reduce your fatigue you first need to understand what the underlying reasons for your fatigue are. If fatigue is having a negative effect on your quality of life, or causing you distress, then consider speaking with a health professional. By asking questions, they will help you work out why you are experiencing fatigue, and offer some suggestions on how to find relief. If necessary, your doctor might suggest certain medical tests if there is a reasonable chance the cause of your fatigue may be an undiagnosed medical issue (for example, anaemia or thyroid dysfunction). Fortunately, for most people fatigue will get better over time on its own or with some simple and practical lifestyle changes.

Things to remember

Fatigue can be caused by a number of factors working in combination, such as medical conditions, unhealthy lifestyle choices, workplace problems and stress.