Drivers, transport operators, record keepers and authorised officers will have the same functions and obligations using EWDs as they do for the written work diary. However, EWDs will automate many of these functions, making day-to-day operations faster and easier.

Only EWD systems which have been approved by the NHVR can be used by drivers as an alternative to making records in a written work diary.

The NHVR will publish information on approved EWD standards and systems. Transport operators will then have the option to:

  • develop their own EWD system
  • buy an off-the-shelf EWD system
  • buy a complete telematics system.

As long as an EWD system meets the performance requirements specified in the EWD standards, it can be approved for operation along with the conditions of approval and use.

Drivers and operators will need to receive appropriate training on the use of their EWD system. Drivers will identify and authenticate themselves and declare their periods of work and rest through a user interface. This information is sent to the record keeper.

At all times, technology providers, record keepers and drivers a must ensure that EWD systems function in accordance with the standards and conditions set by the NHVR.

Information collected by an EWD can be provided to:

  • the driver to check that the recorded information is correct
  • the driver’s record keeper to fulfil the record-keeping obligations
  • an authorised officer during an intercept, to allow the officer to confirm that the driver is complying with work and rest limits.