Share your experiences with electronic work diaries

The National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) is calling on truckies and fleet managers to share their thoughts about electronic work diaries (EWDs).

In a bulletin to industry, the NHVR said it would like to see more drivers and operators making the move to EWDs.

“So we’re keen to hear from industry about how that might happen,” said the notice in the regulator’s On the Road newsletter.

“It’s been a couple of years now since the first EWD was approved, and we’d like to understand whether, and how, industry is using EWDs – and if not, why.”

The first approved EWDs in Australia – from Step Global and Teletrac Navman – were rolled out from December 1, 2020.

According to the NHVR register, another seven EWD options have since got the green light.

“We know many drivers and operators are choosing to keep using their written work diary, while others are making use of trials offered by approved EWD providers,” the NHVR added.

“Some have already made the switch and are using EWDs to support their drivers and business to better manage fatigue risk. We’d like to see more drivers and operators making the move to EWDs.”

The regulator said it’s interested in hearing from a wide range of drivers and operators, no matter what their current employment status is, or what experience they have using EWDs.

“You may be interested in using an EWD but haven’t yet, or you may currently use one. You may be really opposed to using one, or haven’t really given it much thought. We’d like to talk with you whatever your situation.”

If you’re interested in an opportunity to share your views, click here.

If selected, the NHVR will arrange for you to have a confidential conversation with one of its team at a conventient time.

“We acknowledge this will mean taking time out of your day to chat with us. In recognition of this, each participating driver will receive a $50 Visa or Mastercard gift card for their time.”

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