What do you want in EWDs?

NHVR seeks driver in­put on elec­tronic di­ary specs

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THE Na­tional Heavy Ve­hi­cle Reg­u­la­tor has kicked off a round of pub­lic con­sul­ta­tion on the use of Elec­tronic Work Di­aries (EWD) and their stan­dards.

While this sounds like a lot of bu­reau­cratic mumbo, it ac­tu­ally marks a sig­nif­i­cant step in the le­gal­i­sa­tion of the ev­ery­day use of EWDs.

Ul­ti­mately the stan­dards will serve as a list of “must haves” in each EWD de­vice.

So for in­stance, the stan­dards could in­clude GPS track­ing, op­tions for driv­ers to over­ride the in­for­ma­tion pro­vided or a standard display panel for law en­force­ment of­fi­cers.

Once fi­nalised, th­ese stan­dards will need to be met for the NHVR to ap­prove the de­vice – kind of like the Red Heart tick of ap­proval, ex­cept manda­tory.

Ide­ally, each de­vice de­sign will then be ap­proved, ready for driv­ers to buy off the shelf.

The NHVR model out­lines that the EWD in­for­ma­tion will be col­lected by the tech­nol­ogy provider and then sent to the driv­ers’ nom­i­nated record keeper.

Of­fi­cers are ex­pected to ac­cess the same in­for­ma­tion cur­rently pro­vided on work di­aries.

While EWDs aren’t at all manda­tory in Aus­tralia yet, driv­ers may want to jump on the chance to share their opinion on the use of them sooner rather than later.

To en­sure their needs are met be­fore stan­dards are set, in the event of turn­ing tides like that of North­ern Amer­ica – with both Canada and the United States in dis­cus­sion to make the use of EWDs manda­tory.

Any­one in­ter­ested has a chance to view the pro­posed EWD “must haves” on­line and share their thoughts dur­ing the con­sul­ta­tion process which runs un­til Fe­bru­ary. If you have an EWD it would be wise to watch this space.

While no sys­tems have been ap­proved by the NHVR at this stage, can­di­dates must be sub­mit­ted by tech­nol­ogy providers to the reg­u­la­tor be­fore they are ap­proved.

The tech­nol­ogy

On the devel­op­ment side, the NHVR is invit­ing tech­nol­ogy providers and trans­port op­er­a­tors in­ter­ested in de­vel­op­ing an EWD sys­tem to reg­is­ter their pro­posal and in­ten­tion to ap­ply for ap­proval.

To pro­vide flex­i­bil­ity and in­no­va­tion, the NHVR will of­fer a tiered ap­proval ap­proach to EWDs.

So trans­port op­er­a­tors will be al­lowed to ei­ther, de­velop their own EWD sys­tem, buy an off-the-shelf EWD sys­tem or buy a com­plete telem­at­ics sys­tem.

As long as an EWD sys­tem meets the per­for­mance re­quire­ments spec­i­fied in the yet to be de­vel­oped EWD Stan­dards, it can be ap­proved for op­er­a­tion along with the con­di­tions of ap­proval and use.

Check out the pro­posal and share your thoughts. Visit www.nhvr.gov.au/ fa­tigue, phone 1300 MYNHVR (1300 696 487) or email info@nhvr.gov.au.

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EWDs aren’t at all manda­tory in Aus­tralia yet, driv­ers may want to jump on the chance...

PHOTO: KIRSTIN PAYNE

ELEC­TRONIC WORK DI­ARIES: The NHVR wants to know what driv­ers want from a digital log book.

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