Website to help operators get involved in e-diary trial


Website launched on electronic work diaries, which includes information on how operators can get involved in trial of the technology

August 22, 2011

A new website has been launched on the electronic work diary trial currently underway and includes information for operators wanting to be involved in the project.

The pilot, which is being run out of NSW in several stages until 2013, began after governments agreed to a proposal to create an alternative to paper work diaries for fatigue management.

The first stage of the trial started on July 25 and the RTA says it involves at least nine operators and 27 vehicles, 10 suppliers of electronic work diaries and 20 enforcement officers from NSW and Victoria.

"The website provides a comprehensive source of information for heavy vehicle stakeholders and outlines how they can become part of the second phase of the pilot," the spokesperson says.

"The first stage is expected to run for up to six months on key routes between NSW and Victoria."

The second stage of the pilot will include testing the system that showed the most promise in the first phase.

Transport Certification Australia, which administers IAP, has been tasked with carrying out the trial. The RTA claims electronic diaries will improve fatigue management and reduce the risk of non-compliance.

The trial will examine recommendations outlined in a policy proposal from the National Transport Commission (NTC), including installing printers in trucks to provide officers at the roadside with records.

"There will also be greater efficiencies with electronic systems than exist in the current written work diary, including the ability for operators to respond quickly to situations such as loading delays by amending trip schedules, rosters and planned rest breaks for drivers," the RTA says.


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