As a business owner of a heavy vehicle fleet, or any size vehicle fleet, knowing your drivers and vehicles are safe and operating within the law should be giving you peace of mind. After all the responsibility falls on your shoulders right? However, how do you ensure your drivers are safe or operating within the legal boundaries set by the National Transit Commission?

In June 2018, the NTC was asked to review safety with regards to implementing technologies such as Electronic Work Diaries (EWD) and other safety technology. Their findings outlined that the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator’s Policy Framework outlines that the implementation of an EWD is anticipated to improve safety through better reporting and monitoring of the hours driven.

Implementing an EWD means the current ways of paper trail reporting, work instructions and reactive maintenance should be a thing of the past, but  unfortunately today this isn’t the case for most of the heavy commercial industry. Moving away from trusting your drivers to maintain a healthy fatigue level as well as providing a report when drivers work across differently owned vehicles is giving fleet managers  a healthy night’s sleep.

Currently there are systems available to track drivers work diaries electronically and report on driver behavior. However it’s when the EWD is integrated in with a Telematic device connected to the vehicle where the benefits start to ramp up.  Telematic solutions are also available to track how the vehicle is performing, recording CANBUS data and notifying you and your driver in the event of any discrepancies.

A 2018 study conducted by Teletrac Navman reported that 89% of respondents use telematics to monitor vehicle tracking, 67% use telematics to monitor speed, 57% to monitor distance travelled and 51% to monitor driver hours. Using Telematic data to help with asset management as well at monitoring drive times and locations can provide some real tangible benefits with regards to preventing accidents, as well as reducing costs associated such as vehicle fuel usage and maintenance.

Step Global specialises in  Smart Driver solutions for safety around fatigue management with an industry first compliant Electronic Work Diary (EWD) solution, as set out by the NHVR (National Heavy Vehicle Register) Standard. It will be the first solution in Australia to be fully integrated into the Telematic data from the vehicle, to provide additional services including Mass Management, Asset Management, Pre-Start Checking and Trip purpose to cover FBT requirements.

For more detailed information about Smart eDriver, speak directly with one of our representatives on 03 9551 7334 or send an email to info@stepglobal.com

Smart Driver Solutions – http://stepglobal.com/2019/01/smart-driver-solutions/

Making the most of your telematics data – http://stepglobal.com/2019/02/are-you-making-the-most-of-your-telematics-data/

NTC Report – https://www.ntc.gov.au/Media/Reports/(09E15645-A37B-745E-F9C5-D01BFFE782AB).pdf