No. While there are many commercially available electronic recording systems in use, none are approved for use as an EWD at this time.

Only EWDs that have been approved by the NHVR will be able to be used to provide regulatory EWD services. To be approved, an EWD will be required to meet the standards set by the NHVR and be operated according to the conditions of approval and use.

All EWD systems need to meet the EWD Standards AND be approved by the NHVR. Transport operators should talk to their technology provider to find out if they intend to seek approval for their system.

The NHVR will publish the EWD standards in late 2017. Technology providers and transport operators who wish to develop an EWD system will need to have their product assessed and presented for approval by the NHVR.

Future announcements and timeframes can be found at www.nhvr.gov.au/ewd

EWDs need to meet NHVR approval requirements.

EWD systems may also provide extra commercial features as long as they don't interfere with the regulatory functions of the EWD (eg. rest alerts and vehicle navigation)

EWD is short for Electronic Work Diary and is an electronic system approved by the NHVR for recording the work and rest times of a heavy vehicle driver. EWDs are intended as a voluntary alternative to the written work diary. 

The cost will be driven by the commercial environment including a number of factors such as:

  • level of services that are requested by the operator
  • associated training
  • number of units required.

It is anticipated that the NHVR will commence the EWD assessment and approval process in early 2018.

The provisions for EWDs are included in Chapter 6 Vehicle operations—driver fatigue of the Heavy Vehicle National Law (HVNL).