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.

An EWD is a system which has been approved by the NHVR and can be used by drivers as an alternative to making records in a written work diary.

Transport operators adopting EWDs have options to:

  • develop their own EWD
  • buy an off-the-shelf EWD
  • buy an EWD that can be integrated with other regulatory systems (e.g. intelligent access program).

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

At all times, EWD approval holders, record keepers and drivers must ensure that EWDs 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.