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Electronic work diaries in the pipeline

Get ready to put away those log books - companies in Australia should be able to use electronic work diaries (EWDs) to record the work and rest times of their drivers soon. 

The National Transport Commission commissioned a pilot test in New South Wales using EWDs and speed monitoring systems to see if the technology could make it easier for companies and drivers to comply with fatigue management regulations.  The results from the pilot confirmed that EWDs were feasible, and made recommendations about the optimal technical and operational environment in which the EWD should be deployed.

There are obvious benefits to getting this information electronically recorded rather than written down:

  • Drivers and companies can review records easily to make sure they’re keeping to fatigue management laws
  • Companies can check in on how their drivers are doing remotely
  • Less admin work for the drivers and staff back at the office

The test also showed some impressive estimated savings for the industry: at a take up level of 1 per cent, there is a cost saving of $7.5 million over five years compared to a written work diary; and at a take up of 41 per cent, there was a cost saving of $1.2 billion over five years.

All of this is good news for our clients and good news for us too because it’s our time to shine – we’ve been working on an easy, intuitive way to capture and show fatigue management information in our Fatigue Management module. Drivers can easily view the hours they have worked and the hours remaining as well as be prompted to take breaks when needed.

If you’re keen to learn more about adding Fatigue Management to your system, get in touch. For more information about the results of the pilot study and what they could mean for you in 2015 and 2016, check out the summary from the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator here.

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