WORK DIARY PARITY TARGETED; NATIONAL GOVT-SERVICE EXEMPTION SOUGHT
THE BUS INDUSTRY CONFEDERATION is lobbying the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) for an exemption for government- contracted bus services Australia wide to not have to use any type of work diary – an exemption that currently only exists in New South Wales.
It comes at a time of a NHVR announcement that it will accept applications for approval of electronic work diaries ( EWDs) after a final consultation report was issued recently.
NHVR Productivity and Safety executive director Geoff Casey said the Regulator was satisfied EWDs would provide a sustainable and effective voluntary alternative to written work diaries to record work and rest hours for heavy vehicle drivers.
“There are more than 200,000 written work diaries purchased every year, including many by drivers who are already using electronic systems to assist in managing their work and rest hours,” Casey said.
“I’d like to thank all the operators and organisations that took the time to provide feedback during the consultation period earlier this year.
“After reviewing the feedback I am satisfied that the issues raised have or will be addressed and the development of EWDs as a voluntary option for drivers can begin.
“From next month, we will be in a position to start receiving and assessing applications for approval from technology providers and transport operators who have advised their intention to develop an EWD.
“I’d expect to see EWD products available for drivers in the coming months,” Casey explained.
The NHVR received 25 submissions during the consultation period between December and February.
In the Notice of Final Rule Making 1702 released, the NHVR clarified how operators would be treated fairly whether using written work diaries or EWDs, including outlining that drivers can make manual entries at any time prior to accepting the information at the end of their work day.
The NHVR will review candidate systems against the EWD Standards and a list of EWDs that have been approved will be available on the NHVR website. Further information is available on the NHVR website www.nhvr.gov.au/ewd
“... we will be in a position to start receiving and assessing applications for approval”
Left: The BIC is seeking an exemption for governmentcontracted bus services nationally to not have to use any type of work diary.