Third EWD option approved by NHVR

As of next week a third player will be approved for use as an Electronic Work Diary provider by the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator.

That honour has gone to Netstar whose Garmin Fleet 7XX Series has been endorsed for use as an official record for heavy vehicle driver work and rest hours from 11 January, 2021.

NHVR Chief Regulatory Policy & Standards Officer Don Hogben confirmed the announcement, following consideration by an assessment panel.

“The first two approved EWDs have been available across Australia since December 1 and drivers and operators will now have access to an additional product option,” said Hogben.

The voluntary alternative to a Written Work Diary, the EWD enables drivers to log their operating and rest hours electonically while reducing the need to calculate multiple time periods across several pieces of paper.

Some EWD also include features, such as alerts, to assist drivers to manage their compliance with work and rest rules.

Step Global and Teletrac Navman were the first two companies to gain NHVR-approval as EWD providers.

“It’s important that drivers ensure they’re using an approved EWD, which will have a unique identification number,” said Hogben.

“Drivers must continue to carry their Written Work Diary for a transition period, to ensure that they comply with the requirement of carrying 28 days of records,” he concluded.

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