EWD: The Future of Fatigue Management
Driving while fatigued or drowsy is dangerous and is one of the three big killers on Australian Roads. Night shift drivers are 6x more likely to experience driver fatigue or a fatigue-related crash, a good example of this is long-distance truck drivers. However, technology is fast becoming available to assist truck drivers in achieving compliance and managing fatigue. This new technology, Electronic Work Diaries, can also assist transport operators in meeting the duty of care requirements.
Electronic Work Diaries are fast becoming the reality in Compliance Monitoring for heavy vehicles. As an overview to EWD, for drivers, transport operators, record keepers and authorised officers, the functions and obligations will remain the same as the WWD, however, the introduction of the EWD will automate many of these day-to-day operations; making the process faster and more efficient.
The EWD currently will need to be used in collaboration with the WWD in the interim. However, the NHVR is reviewing applications for the EWD to be the sole program used to measure fatigue in truck drivers.
The framework of the EWD policy intends to replicate the processes used in the Written Work Diary and ensure protections for the truck driver and transport operators. The three key aspects of the WWD that the EWD intends to replicate are:
Drivers control their work and rest records that are entered into the EWD
Drivers can review and correct their information
Minor breaches of less than 15 minutes should not be sanctioned unless there is an immediate safety concern or a pattern of deliberate and repeated non-compliance
Until such time when EWD can be used as a solo product, its main purpose is to monitor fatigue and ensure drivers are correctly filling out WWD’s.
There are numerous benefits to using an EWD.
Alerts to approaching rest deadlines
Easier Scheduling for Transport Operators
Allows drivers to check the information before confirming the records for the day
Digitising the whole process for more accurate information and championing efficiency
Netstar has submitted an application of our EWD solution to the NHVR. Netstar's EWD is specifically designed for the transport industry available on Garmin and Android Apps. The Netstar EWD helps with fatigue management and we are working with the NHVR to ensure our software is up to the highest standards of compliance.
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