ALDI to roll out EWDs across entire fleet
FOLLOWING a successful trial, ALDI Australia is planning to roll-out Electronic Work Diaries (EWDs) across its entire fleet, once approved by the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR).
The news came on the eve of nationwide protest action planned for today by the Transport Workers Union and truckies over concerns about safety in the ALDI supply chain.
Kelly Wells, Director of Logistics at ALDI Australia, said the move to EWDs will assist operators by reducing the complexity and administrative burden that the current paper based system presents.
"If you care about the safety of your team, have nothing to hide and want to drive meaningful safety improvements in the transport industry, then fleet management tools and electronic work diaries are a logical step forward. You cannot argue with the merits of this technology” said Mr Wells
As ALDI has outlined in its submission that will be submitted to the Inquiry into the Importance of a viable, safe, sustainable and efficient road transport industry, the retailer believes that technology will continue to play a key role in driving improved safety on our roads. The purchase and roll-out of this new fleet management tool is one of many ongoing safety programs led by ALDI to ensure it supports a safe work environment for its operators.
ALDI is confident that the move to EWDs will not reveal compliance issues as the company already requires all drivers to maintain log books, irrespective of distance travelled, and they run audits on all records.
Schedulers are attuned to managing run allocations to give drivers an average shift that is well below the upper limit of hours under Basic Fatigue Management. Converting this data to digital files will simply improve the process and provide transparency for regulators and authorities if required.
"Our rostering arrangements support safe driving hours and fatigue management practices, and our policies and processes are strictly enforced to ensure driver and public safety. Each of our distribution centres has a qualified driver trainer whose role is to oversee and train all staff, as well as provide ongoing support for drivers.
"Our drivers conduct supervised exercises before commencing their shifts, and work diary pages are continuously monitored via software which helps ALDI ensure compliance with fatigue regulations under the HVNL. Moving to electronic work diaries is a logical next step to help us maintain a safety first culture for our operators,” concluded Mr Wells.