NHVR launches EWD ap­proval process

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Aus­tralia is tak­ing an­other step to­wards broader im­ple­men­ta­tion of the elec­tronic work di­ary sys­tem, with NHVR open­ing ap­pli­ca­tions for its ap­proval process

AUS­TRALIA IS TAK­ING an­other step to­wards broader im­ple­men­ta­tion of the elec­tronic work di­ary (EWD) sys­tem, with the Na­tional Heavy Ve­hi­cle Reg­u­la­tor (NHVR) open­ing ap­pli­ca­tions for its ap­proval process.

Af­ter an­nounc­ing in April that it had de­cided EWDs would pro­vide a sus­tain­able and ef­fec­tive al­ter­na­tive to writ­ten work diaries, the NHVR will now assess some mod­els of EWD on the mar­ket against its EWD stan­dards for the first time.

Fol­low­ing this process, the reg­u­la­tor will list the ap­proved sys­tems on its web­site.

NHVR safety stan­dards di­rec­tor Greg Fill says the ac­cep­tance of ap­pli­ca­tions was an im­por­tant mile­stone, say­ing he ex­pected to see the first ap­pli­ca­tions lodged in the com­ing weeks.

“We’ve spo­ken to many of the 37 tech­nol­ogy providers and trans­port op­er­a­tors that have lodged a No­tice of In­tent with the NHVR and they are at dif­fer­ent stages of de­vel­op­ment,” he says. “Only prod­ucts that meet the NHVR Stan­dards and are ap­proved by the NHVR can be used for reg­u­la­tory pur­poses to record work and rest hours.”

EWD developers seek­ing NHVR ap­proval can ap­ply via the NHVR web­site free of charge, as the reg­u­la­tor has agreed to waive any reg­u­la­tory feed for com­pa­nies or in­di­vid­u­als sub­mit­ting ap­pli­ca­tions for ap­proval in the first year of op­er­a­tions.

Fur­ther guide­lines and ed­u­ca­tion ma­te­rial for driv­ers, record keep­ers, trans­port op­er­a­tors and tech­nol­ogy providers will be avail­able next month, the reg­u­la­tor says.

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