Teletrac Navman continues to be at the forefront of driver safety in Australia, with the company recently submitting its Electronic Work Diary (EWD) solution, Sentinel, to the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR), becoming the first supplier in Australia to submit an EWD product for approval.
The NHVR is currently reviewing applications to approve EWDs as voluntary alternatives to mandatory paper work diaries.
Speaking at the Brisbane Truck Show, Andrew Rossington, Vice President – Transport Solutions, Australia at Teletrac Navman, was enthusiastic about the potential of Sentinel to provide huge safety and efficiency benefits for the industry.
“When paired with other Teletrac Navman software, Sentinel provides an ecosystem of solutions that leverage the National Telematics Framework to create a safer, more trustworthy and more compliant fleet,” he said.
A ‘Safety First’ approach
Safety has always been a top priority for Teletrac Navman, and the provider seized the opportunity to develop a solution that would help transport businesses to be more proactive about driver fatigue – a critical safety issue for the industry. Fatigue is statistically one of the biggest dangers on our roads, with up to 30 per cent of all fatal crashes in Australia attributed to driver fatigue. More than 80 per cent of truck drivers report working more than 50 hours a week, and 20 per cent admit to breaking safety rules in order to meet deadlines.
“We’re passionate about producing an EWD that also offers a full telematics solution along with other value-added services such as driver navigation to give businesses the full picture of driver safety,” Rossington said.
“Our goal is to continue to leverage our strong integration with freight management systems for better scheduling and time sheeting, and by providing further value-added features.”
Driver fatigue in the spotlight
At the 2019 Brisbane Truck Show, electronic work diaries were one of the most talked about topics, with the industry calling for a solution that is more than just a logbook. The event included sessions on topics such as the implications of fatigue and distraction on transport, and how to find flexibility in approaches to fatigue management.
"There was a big focus on EWDs for us. We’ve gone to the regulator with our application. That’s in with them for testing and we’re first cab off the rank.” Rossington explained.
Industry interest in EWDs has come a long way. Last year’s Australian Transport Telematics Benchmarking Report, released by Teletrac Navman, found that while driver fatigue was the
top compliance concern for fleet management professionals, EWD adoption was low. But this year, Andrew Rossington says it’s top of everyone’s mind.
“People are asking, ‘When can we have this? What are the benefits? What is it going to mean to us?’”, he said.
And the benefits are clear: from easier compliance to real-time rest break alerts, the technology is set to transform the way businesses – and drivers – manage fatigue.