Electronic Work Diaries expected by March


NHVR releases policy framework and standards document

Electronic Work Diaries expected by March
An electronic alternative to the paper work diary is on its way.

 

Truck drivers might be using electronic work diaries (EWDs) by early next year.

The National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) released the Policy Framework and Standards for Electronic Work Diaries (EWDs) today, putting the wheels in motion for an electronic fatigue management alternative.

NHVR safety and productivity executive director Geoff Casey says EWDs are now one step closer with the release of the framework, confirming we may see uptake of the systems as early as March.

"The EWD policy framework and standards will allow the NHVR to approve electronic recording systems as an alternative to the traditional written work diary, which will be a win for the heavy vehicle industry and a boost for safety," Casey said.

"Under the EWD policy framework and standards, an EWD records the work and rest activity declared by the driver and drivers can move between employers and record keepers using different approved systems.

"The standards also allow drivers to record non-driving work hours, declare the location of the change of activity and confirm records when they are submitted.

"Importantly the EWD Policy Framework and Standards will allow drivers to focus on driving and where required, transport operators can integrate this information into their business for scheduling and planning.

"All EWDs will have a standard graphical view of work and rest information, similar to the daily sheet in the written work diary and will have the potential to alert drivers when a rest break is required."

Casey says that, as of today, technology providers and transport operators will be able to register their intent to develop an electronic recording system for assessment and approval using a Notice of Intent form available on the NHVR website.

"Transport operators that have systems provided by existing technology providers do not have to register with the NHVR directly," he adds.

"Operators who have already developed and are utilising electronic recording systems will also be able to apply to have these systems approved."

Feedback on the standards in writing, by post or email to the NHVR is required before 30 January 2018 and for more information visit www.nhvr.gov.au/ewd

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