Fleet management and transport solutions provider, Teletrac Navman, has welcomed the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator’s (NHVR) approval of its Electronic Work Diary (EWD) solution.
For regulatory purposes, Sentinel, will provide heavy vehicle operators an electronic alternative for written work diaries in Australia.
While the industry has long used EWDs for managing driver work and rest within transport organisations, written diaries were still required to prove compliance with fatigue laws. The NHVR’s approval signifies a significant milestone for both Teletrac Navman and the wider transport industry.
The voluntary use of an EWD eliminates the risks associated with written diaries, including lost or damaged documents. It takes away guesswork, ensuring erroneous or inaccurate data isn’t used for reporting or compliance purposes. EWDs also simplify record keeping for drivers and provide better toolsets for them to understand their capacity to work or need for rest.
Teletrac Navman’s NHVR-approved EWD solution provides value for transport operators with a real-time dashboard of fatigue information and driver hour status, powered by the AI delivered in TN360, Teletrac Navman’s new software platform. This delivers visual insights and lets businesses ask questions and drill into the data by using natural language search functions.
For drivers, the EWD device lets them view their current status, rest break calculations and available work hours on an in-cabin device. They receive real-time notifications before a rest break is required, making it easy to stay safe and plan rest as needed.
“Our EWDs will streamline and simplify the whole process of logging driver hours, both from a safety and operational standpoint,” said Teletrac Navman Chief Product Officer, Andrew Rossington. “EWDs empower drivers to manage their own compliance, give managers peace of mind that their drivers are safe and make it easy for everyone to stay compliant and keep records of driver work and rest times.”
Teletrac Navman pioneered EWDs and fatigue management solutions in Australia, with its first solution, Sentinel, coming to market in 2008. Its customers have adopted Sentinel to check the accuracy of their written work diaries and gain a greater level of back office visibility into driver hours. Continually updating the solution based on customer feedback has given Teletrac Navman a deep understanding of fatigue risks and challenges, creating a comprehensive EWD solution that meets the real day-to-day needs of transport operators, administrators and drivers.
Teletrac Navman’s Sentinel solution is already being used by over 40,000 drivers across Australia, and these customers will be able to move to the new NHVR-approved solution at no additional cost from 1 December 2020. The new solution is also available now for all new clients of Teletrac Navman from this date. A group of early adopters will be the first to install the technology in December, including prominent organisations such as Lindsay Australia and Aldi.
“Lindsay Australia strongly advocates improvements for the trucking industry in safety through innovation,” said Nick Lindsay, Fleet Quality and Efficiency Manager at Lindsay Australia.
“We fully support the use of the Teletrac Navman Electronic Work Diary and look forward to our work force embracing technology and the many benefits it will provide,” he said.
“Since investing in technology to maintain our safety track-record, we are pleased to see that the Teletrac Navman EWDs have received approval,” said ALDI Australia Logistics Director, Kelly Wells. “We truly believe that our Transport Operators will benefit from the efficiency and reliability that comes from a paperless logbook and we look forward to EWDs being made available to our entire national fleet.”
EWDs are just one of Teletrac Navman’s comprehensive portfolio of regulatory approved solutions for the Australian transport industry, which is evolving to meet the challenges of an increasingly complex supply chain and a more tech-savvy workforce. These solutions range from Mass Management and Speed Management to specific regulatory programmes such the Intelligent Access Program (IAP) and OnBoard Mass (OBM) solutions that reside on its AI-powered TN360 platform.
“With EWDs now available as an alternative to written work diaries, Australia’s transport industry will be able to effectively manage fatigue risks, reduce the administrative burden of maintaining records, and be assured they are always compliant with safety regulations,” said Rossington. “Digitising processes will also help the industry tackle growing demand and a shrinking pool of drivers. This kind of technology is set to assist a new generation of drivers, ones who will be more familiar with a device than they are with pen and paper.”
Read more about the NHVR’s announcement of EWDs here.