Electronic log books, or work diaries, are the way of the future in the fleet markets. Having drivers log their kms, hours and issues with the vehicles, remotely, to one integrated system, accessible to everyone in the organisation, is priceless. The money and time that could be saved through having all this information electronically stored in one place instead of missing on bits of paper in a truck somewhere is invaluable to an organisation.
So why isn’t Australia jumping on this bandwagon?
Last month, the Australian government passed into law the Heavy Vehicle National Law Amendment, allowing electronic work diaries (EWD) to be voluntarily used by truck drivers. This gives drivers and companies the option to use EWDs as official records of distance and time accumulated by a driver.
The only problem with this is that it requires the organisations to implement relevant software to be able to track and store this electronic information. This seems to be the biggest stumbling block in the process as no one seems willing to implement it.
So why, when there are such compelling advantages to utilising EWDs, are organisations not willing to implement systems and software to roll EWDs out across their fleets?
One perception that fleet managers have is that the cost associated with new technologies is too high for what you get. A new technology related to a state of the art safety feature designed to keep drivers safe would be seen as necessary and therefore warrants the cost. However, electronic logging and storing of data isn’t seen as necessary and too expensive.
Is this actually the case?
There are many solutions out there that are cost effective and still provide the same high quality data storage and reliability that the top of the line solutions do. The main cost associated with these is actually the device itself. If an organisation is having to purchase a few hundred iPads for all their drivers so that they can log their data each day, the cost can skyrocket very quickly.
One way to get around this is a BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) concept where the software is downloaded onto the driver’s personal phones, eliminating the hardware cost to the organisation all together. There are risks around privacy and confidentiality associated with this but it is the case with most software solutions these days.
The benefits of a BYOD, electronic work diary solution for an organisation greatly outweigh the drawbacks, begging the question as to why this hasn’t been adopted more widely throughout Australia.
For more information about Netresult’s AutoCheck product, which provides an electronic work diary solution, check out the website.