THE National Heavy Vehicle Regulator has kicked off a round of public consultation on the use of Electronic Work Diaries (EWD) and their standards.
While this sounds like a lot of bureaucratic mumbo, it actually marks a significant step in the legalisation of the everyday use of EWD's.
Ultimately the standards will serve as a list of 'must haves' in each EWD device.
So for instance, the standards could include GPS tracking, the options for drivers to override the information provided or a standard display panel for law enforcement officers.
Once finalised these standards will need to be met for the NHVR to approve the device- Kind of like the Red Heart tick of approval, except mandatory.
Ideally, each device design will then be approved, ready for drivers to buy off the shelf.
The NHVR model outlines that the EWD information will be collected by the technology provider and then sent to the driver's nominated record keeper.
Officers are expected to access the same information that is currently being provided on work diaries.
While EWDs aren't at all mandatory in Australia, drivers may want to jump on the chance to share their opinion sooner rather than later.
To ensure their needs are met before standards are set, in the event of turning tides like that of Northern America.
With both Canada and the United States in discussion to make the use of EWD's mandatory.
Anyone interested has a chance to view the proposed EWD 'must haves' online and share their thoughts during the consultation process which runs until February.
If you currently have an EWD it would be wise to watch this space, while no systems have been approved by the NHVR at this stage, candidates must be submitted by technology providers to the regulator before they are approved.