Electronic Work Diaries (EWDs)

Under the Heavy Vehicle National Law (HVNL) the NHVR is the only authority that can approve EWD systems and services.

Section 343 of the HVNL states what the NHVR must be satisfied with in order to approve an EWD. This will be supported by appropriate standards and guidelines.

At this time, no EWDs have been approved for use.

A voluntary alternative to the written work diary

An Electronic Work Diary (EWD) is an electronic device or system approved by the NHVR to monitor and record the work and rest times of a driver. It is anticipated that the NHVR will commence the assessment and approval process for EWDs as a voluntary alternative to written work diaries in 2018.

EWDs will improve safety and significantly reduce the administrative burden for the Heavy Vehicle industry 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 better management of driver fatigue and compliance with fatigue rules.