Heavy vehicle drivers will soon be able to put down the pen and paper and record their work and rest hours electronically.
From December 1, heavy vehicle work diaries will turn digital for approved providers, following an announcement by the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator.
Federal Member for Wannon, Dan Tehan said investment in the electronic work diaries was an investment in employee safety and better productivity.
We know the transport industry is managing excessive amounts of work diary paperwork and this is resulting in inefficiencies and lower productivity," Mr Tehan said.
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"This announcement will enable truck drivers, operators and companies to focus on getting the job done safely and more efficiently."
More than 200,000 written work diaries are used by heavy vehicle drivers each year, Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack said.
"The electronic work diary will cut the red tape and enable drivers to record their work and rest hours by simply pressing a button," Mr McCormack said.
The electronic work diary will cut the red tape and enable drivers to record their work and rest hours by simply pressing a button.Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack
In association with technology providers, transport operators, police and transport authorities, the EWD Policy Framework and Standards were developed in 2018 and subject to comprehensive review and consultation.
Step Global and Teletrac Navman, two Australian companies, will provide the EWDs.
Drivers and operators interested in using an EWD should contact an approved provider to arrange access.
Authorised officers and police will still be able to check an EWD, including recent records, while approval for companies to provide an EWD is based on technical assessments and expert advice.
There is no application fee to apply for an EWD, with all approved EWDs listed on the NHVR website (www.nhvr.gov.au/safety-accreditation-compliance/fatigue-management/electronic-work-diary).
Sunday, November 15 to Sunday, November 22 is National Road Safety Week.
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