CCMTA's three-pronged Driver Operating Window Impact Analysis (request for stakeholder input; driver focus groups; expert fatigue panel review) has shown a strong consensus across stakeholder groups in favour of the 16-hour driver working window option, and confirmed the CRA Committee's original contention that an 18-hour window is not sustainable from a safety perspective. (Please see Shercon Associates report.)
The Council of Deputy Ministers has therefore directed CCMTA to proceed without delay with the implementation of the proposed HoS regulations, including the 16-hour working window provision as originally intended. However, while the new regulation is viewed as a significant improvement over the current regime, the expert panel also voiced some reservations in regards to the 16-hour window. As such, the CCMTA Board has recommended further ongoing review into the potential fatigue issues associated with the working window concept.