The alternative fatigue management scheme (AFMS), is a risk management scheme that, once approved by the NZ Transport Agency, allows commercial transport operators greater flexibility in their operations. The AFMS was developed after consultation with industry and sleep management experts.
In an AFMS each operator develops systems and processes that manage work and rest time limits for their drivers while ensuring that fatigue is proactively managed. An AFMS may be approved to permit variations to allowable rest breaks or an extension of a cumulative work day.
An AFMS is designed and managed by individual transport operators, but must be approved by the NZ Transport Agency before it is used by the operator. To gain approval from the Transport Agency, operators will be required to undertake a full hazard analysis, which includes documenting how they will proactively manage fatigue.
In approving an AFMS, the Transport Agency will impose conditions. These conditions will be discussed with the operator during the application process.
Operating an AFMS provides a number of benefits for operators including:
Feedback from an AFMS operator is that drivers get better sleep, balance their lifestyle and perform tasks more efficiently.