EWDs: The future of HVNL compliance?

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The National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) has announced that it is currently assessing a number of applications for approval as Electronic Work Diaries (EWDs).

An EWD is an electronic device or system, which with NHVR approval, can be used to monitor and record the work and rest times of a driver as alternative to the written work diary currently required by the Heavy Vehicle National Law (NVNL).

The EWD Policy Framework and Standards have been developed in association with technology providers, transport operators and police and are subject to comprehensive review and consultation.

NHVR Executive Director Safety Standards and Assurance Geoff Casey said that current round of applications for EWDs were of a varying quality, after a number of previous applications had fallen short of requirements.

“NHVR officers have recently met with a number of technology providers to ensure they are clear about our requirements for regulatory EWDs and to better facilitate the assessment so they can finalise their applications,” Mr Casey said.

“Applications range from an app that can be used on a tablet to a hardware solution that is similar to some of the existing non-regulatory NHVR approved electronic recording systems currently being used by operators.”

Mr Casey said that while the NHVR is keen to see the first approved system enter the market, it is important to ensure that the system is fit for purpose.

“A number of applications are missing important features, such as the ability to correct errors, that are designed to take pressure off drivers using EWDs,” he said.

“We will continue to work with technology providers and transport operators to progress their applications.”

At the moment, there is no application fee to apply for approval of an EWD and the NHVR says it will list any approved EWDs on its website.


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