Heavy vehicle drivers will soon have the option to have work and rest hours recorded on an electronic device following the release of the Policy Framework and Standards for Electronic Work Diaries (EWDs).

The National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) Safety and Productivity Executive Director Geoff Casey said EWDs were a step closer with today’s release of the NHVR’s EWD Policy Framework and Standards for comment until 30 January 2018.

“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,” Mr 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.”

Mr Casey said 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 said.

“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.

For more information visit www.nhvr.gov.au/ewd