EWDs a change for the better
"YES electronic work diaries will change the culture of the industry, but that can only be for the better.”
That's the view of truckie Darren Lebsanft, one of the many drivers who discussed their thoughts on the technology on Big Rigs' Facebook page.
"Isn't it amazing, everyone whinges about all the unpaid work they have to do but when something comes along to negate it you don't want it.”
EWDs have been a hot topic for Australian truck drivers ever since the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator announced transport operators could trial the use of an electronic device or system to monitor and record the work and rest times of a driver as an alternative to the written work diary.
Much of the discussion around the EWDs was negative, however comments on our Facebook page recently have swung in the opposite direction.
"My cousin is in America, there was a big outcry when electronic log books started,” Jora Bai said.
"However, now he tells me that it happened for good. The pay rate per km for drivers or subbies increased and they don't have to dodge around with log books any more so no stress about fines. Only bad thing for him is he gets one day less to spend at home. Don't know how it will work out here.”
Paul Warren said his boss has had them in their trucks.
"I didn't want to know about the bloody thing to start with,” he said.
"But now I would rather just have it and not the paperback diary. But we have both at the moment. Can't argue with the electronic version. It tells you 30 minutes and 15 minutes before your required rest break is due. Tells you how much time you have before your next break. And when it says your hours are up, it's game over for the day and its time to put the feet up.”
Andrew Williamson knew several of his mates who were trialling them, who reckoned they were great.
"You don't have to use 15 minute intervals and they are like the logbook checker app, won't put your hours over and they tell you can what you can do,” he said.
"I had a look at it and it won me over, some types don't register the truck moving under 8km/hr or thereabouts, but all good. Be plenty more jobs if all you people leave, but everyone has been threatening to to do this and that and everything else but we are all still driving trucks.”
But not everyone was keen on the idea.
Andrew Wyllie said he had not had a logbook fine in 20 years and didn't "need or want a computer to tell me how I feel and when I need to sleep”.