NHVR re­leases EWD com­pli­ance pol­icy

Draft pol­icy en­sur­ing that elec­tronic and writ­ten work diaries are treated the same

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THE NA­TIONAL HEAVY VE­HI­CLE

REG­U­LA­TOR (NHVR) has re­leased the draft Elec­tronic Work Di­ary ( EWD) Com­pli­ance Pol­icy en­sur­ing that elec­tronic and writ­ten work diaries are treated the same.

NHVR safety and pro­duc­tiv­ity ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor Ge­off Casey says the EWD Com­pli­ance Pol­icy would pro­vide the right bal­ance be­tween safety and com­pli­ance to en­sure a con­sis­tent ap­proach for those who vol­un­tar­ily use the new tech­nol­ogy and that in­for­ma­tion is ac­cu­rate and ac­ces­si­ble.

“The pol­icy out­lines the NHVR’s re­quire­ments for meet­ing record keep­ing laws whether you utilise the tech­nol­ogy or use tra­di­tional Writ­ten Work Diaries [ WWDs],” Casey says.

“For ex­am­ple, EWDs will record and show work and rest time to the near­est minute, un­like WWDs, which use blocks of 15 min­utes. This will be a ben­e­fit to many driv­ers who will no longer have to round down rest time, or round up work time, to the near­est 15-minute block.

“The EWD Com­pli­ance Pol­icy will also make it clear that, while an EWD must alert driv­ers of an ap­proach­ing work or rest dead­line, po­ten­tial mi­nor breaches of less than 15 min­utes will not ap­pear as a breach in the EWD Com­pli­ance View.

“Au­tho­rised of­fi­cers who check EWDs will ac­cess the Com­pli­ance View of a driver’s work and rest times.

“Driv­ers will also have the abil­ity to cor­rect in­for­ma­tion prior to ap­prov­ing their work and rest times at the end of each work day.”

The EWD Com­pli­ance Pol­icy states: As EWDs may pro­vide greater vis­i­bil­ity of driv­ers’ records at the road­side, the re­quire­ments about record­ing and in­ter­pret­ing EWD in­for­ma­tion must be equiv­a­lent to a WWD in three key as­pects: • Driv­ers con­trol their work and rest

records en­tered into the EWD • Driv­ers can re­view and cor­rect their

in­for­ma­tion • Mi­nor breaches of less than 15 min­utes should not be sanc­tioned un­less there is an im­me­di­ate safety con­cern or a pat­tern of de­lib­er­ate and re­peated non- com­pli­ance.

The NHVR re­cently com­pleted con­sul­ta­tion on the EWD Pol­icy Frame­work and EWD Stan­dards.

Once fi­nalised, the out­comes will be pub­lished and the NHVR will be­gin prepa­ra­tions to ac­cept ap­pli­ca­tions from tech­nol­ogy providers for ap­proval to pro­vide the tech­nol­ogy to record work and rest.

Casey says that while EWDs must meet the re­quire­ments of the EWD Stan­dards, they may in­clude ad­di­tional func­tion­al­ity to meet in­di­vid­ual busi­ness needs.

Pic: Tele­trac-Nav­man – Ful­ton Ho­gan

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