Electronic work diary pilot website launched
22 August 2011
Heavy vehicle operators can now log on to a website to find out more about an electronic work diary pilot which was launched last month.
A Roads and Traffic Authority spokesperson said the $5 million pilot, to be carried out in several stages until 2013, was launched on 25 July to investigate how heavy vehicle operators can better manage fatigue.
“The website provides a comprehensive source of information for heavy vehicle stakeholders and outlines how they can become part of the second phase of the pilot,” the spokesperson said.
“The pilot is an important road safety initiative being led by Roads and Traffic Authority in partnership with state road and police agencies of Queensland, Victoria, South Australia and Western Australia, the Federal Government and the National Transport Commission.
“Stage one includes at least nine transport operators, 27 vehicles, 10 suppliers of Pilot systems and about 20 enforcement officers from the Roads and Traffic Authority, NSW Police, VicRoads and Victoria Police.
“The first stage is expected to run for up to six months on key routes between NSW and Victoria.
“NSW has engaged Transport Certification Australia to carry out the pilot and an industry reference group has also been established to represent broad industry interests across states taking part.
“The use of electronic work diaries is expected to result in road safety benefits including improved fatigue management and reduced risk of non-compliance.
“Heavy vehicle and driver fatigue laws in Queensland, NSW, Victoria and South Australia require drivers of heavy trucks, when travelling 100 km outside of the driver’s base and 200 km outside of the driver’s base in Queensland, to record their hours of work and rest in a work diary.
“Freight owner operators will benefit from the opportunity to secure greater chain of responsibility transparency for their contracted carriers.
“There will also be greater efficiencies with electronic systems than exist in the current written work diary, including the ability for operators to respond quickly to situations such as, loading delays by amending trip schedules, rosters and planned rest breaks for drivers.
“The community will benefit from safer heavy vehicles and therefore improved road safety outcomes for all road users.”
The spokesperson said the second stage of the pilot would include further testing of the system showing the most promising results during phase one.
The website provides information for people interested in taking part in the second stage of the pilot.
The website can be accessed via the Roads and Traffic Authority website or directly at www.ewd.gov.au