Truck driver fatigue starts in many ways and just as many people have a role in preventing fatigue, it is in
everyone’s interest that fatigue does not endanger driver health and highway safety. Fortunately, research
conducted by medical and sleep scientists in Canada and the U.S. allowed development of the multifaceted North
American Fatigue Management Program (NAFMP). Its goal is to educate and train every person who touches a truck
driver’s life, and drivers themselves, in the causes and prevention of fatigue.
And now the NAFMP has a new home at the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA). The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) chose CVSA to house NAFMP because the organization already works directly with law enforcement, motor carriers, trucking organizations, safety associations and federal agencies to promote highway safety. Incorporating the NAFMP into CVSA’s program offerings was a natural means of reaching multiple players in truck and highway safety.
NAFMP includes training modules for:
- Motor carrier executives and managers
- Commercial drivers
- Safety managers and trainers
- Dispatchers and driver managers
- Freight shippers and receivers
- Driver spouses and families
For the first time, the trucking industry and its many partners have new and comprehensive resources to address the problem of truck driver fatigue.