The NHVR has approved a third Electronic Work Diary (EWD) option, which will be available for use from next month.
NHVR Chief Regulatory Policy & Standards Officer Don Hogben said, following consideration by an assessment panel, the NHVR has approved Netstar’s Garmin Fleet 7XX Series for use as an official record for heavy vehicle driver work and rest hours from January 11, 2021.
"The first two approved EWDs have been available across Australia since December 1 and drivers and operators will now have access to an additional product option,” Mr Hogben said.
"Full details are available on the NHVR website."
An EWD is an electronic recording system, approved by the NHVR, to record the work and rest times of a driver, and is a voluntary alternative to the Written Work Diary.
The introduction of EWDs means drivers can record their work and rest hours by pressing a button, rather than spending time ruling lines and counting multiple time periods on multiple pieces of paper. Some EWD also include features, such as alerts, to assist drivers to manage their compliance with work and rest rules.
"It's important that drivers ensure they’re using an approved EWD, which will have a unique identification number," Mr Hogben said.
"Drivers must continue to carry their Written Work Diary for a transition period, to ensure that they comply with the requirement of carrying 28 days of records."
Any issues with EWDs may be reported to the NHVR by phone or using a website form at www.nhvr.gov.au/contact-us
To stay up to date with approved EWDs and their conditions of use visit www.nhvr.gov.au/ewd