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.