Australia follows Canada with logbooks

Wednesday 9 Dec 2020

The rollout of approved Electronic Work Diaries in Australia will reduce red tape and improve safety for transport operators, ATA Chair David Smith said recently, after the NHVR launched the rollout of approved Electronic Work Diaries (EWD) for heavy vehicle drivers to manage their fatigue.

Step Global’s Smart eDriver and Teletrac Navman’s Sentinel systems have been listed by the NHVR as approved EWD solutions, following collaboration with the ATA and its members, technology providers, transport operators, and transport and police authorities.

“Today’s announcement is a big step forward for our industry. It will reduce paperwork for our drivers and the unbelievable amount of record keeping that companies need to do to stay compliant,” Mr Smith said. From December 1, transport operators will be able to voluntarily use the approved EWD systems as a regulatory alternative to a paper logbook, the National Driver Work Diary.

Step Global and Teletrac Navman are both members of the ATA’s Industry Technical Council. The ITC’s role is to enhance the trucking industry’s safety, professionalism and viability by providing technical input and best practice advice to the ATA.

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