Governments to consider electronic work diaries this year

SCOTI tasks NHVR and the NTC with developing a national scheme for electronic work diaries to be considered this year

May 13, 2013

Work is set to begin on the development of a national electronic work diary scheme to be considered this year.

Transport ministers have tasked the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) and the National Transport Commission (NTC) with completing the work in the wake of a successful pilot of the technology in New South Wales.

The Standing Council on Transport and Infrastructure (SCOTI), which brings together Australia’s transport ministers, met last week and noted electronic diaries as a potential alternative to the paper-based system currently in place.

"The pilot found that the electronic diaries are feasible from technical, operational and regulatory perspectives, and have the potential to generate safety and productivity benefits," a communique from the meeting states.

"The Standing Council agreed that an approach to national adoption of the electronic diaries be developed by the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator and the National Transport Commission for consideration by the Council later this year."

The NHVR and the NTC will also work with the NSW Government on developing a framework for a safety rating system for trucking in 2013-14. A pilot is due to run the following financial year with funding coming from NSW and the Federal Government.

Transport identity Ron Finemore has been a staunch advocate of a rating system. He wants those businesses that receive a higher safety rating to be given funding to invest in training staff.

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