Electronic Work Diaries (EWDs)

A voluntary alternative to the written work diary

An Electronic Work Diary (EWD) is an electronic device or system to monitor and record the work and rest times of a driver.

In 2017 EWDs will be introduced as a voluntary alternative to written work diaries.

EWDs will improve compliance and boost safety for all road users through:

  • improved data accuracy and transparency to drivers, transport operators and authorised officers
  • provision of real time data which enables transport operators to respond immediately to actual breaches and monitor performance over time
  • in-vehicle driver information which enables drivers to plan their work and rest and take action when alerted to an imminent or actual breach.

Ultimately, EWDs are expected to contribute to a reduction in heavy vehicle crashes, due to better management of driver fatigue and compliance with fatigue rules.