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NHVR approves a fourth Electronic Work Diary

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The NHVR has approved MTData’s Talon and Swift system, running on either a Samsung Galaxy Active Tab or Samsung Galaxy Active Tab 2, as a fourth Electronic Work Diary (EWD) option.

NHVR Chief Regulatory Policy & Standards Officer Don Hogben said the MTData product would be available for use as an official record for heavy vehicle driver work and rest hours from January 18.

“It’s important that drivers check the NHVR website to ensure they’re using an approved EWD,” Hogben said.

MTData joins the existing EWDs by Step Global and Teletrac Navman, which have been available across Australia since December 1, and the NHVR recently gave the green light for Netstar Australia’s Garmin Fleet 7XX Series to be used as an EWD from January 11.

An EWD is an electronic recording system, approved by the NHVR, to record the work and rest times of a driver, and is a voluntary alternative to the Written Work Diary.

The introduction of EWDs means drivers can record their work and rest hours by pressing a button, rather than spending time ruling lines and counting multiple time periods on multiple pieces of paper.

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

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.

Any issues with EWDs may be reported to the NHVR by phone or using a website form at www.nhvr.gov.au/contact-us

To stay up to date with approved EWDs and their conditions of use visit www.nhvr.gov.au/ewd.

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