The National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) is reminding heavy vehicle drivers to always carry their National Written Work Diary (WWD) or Electronic Work Diary (EWD).
At the Marulan Heavy Vehicle Safety Station (HVSS) last week, the NHVR addressed recent data which found over 120 offences of drivers not carrying their work diaries in Marulan, New South Wales during the past few months.
The latest Marulan blitz recorded 18 work diary-related offences from over 1,000 intercepts.
According to NHVR Director of Operations Central Region, Brett Patterson, this suggests that although education on work diaries is having a positive impact, there is still more work to do.
“It’s great to see the majority of drivers and operators in this latest operation doing the right thing by carrying their work diary, however there is still a small group who were not,” he said.
“We take fatigue related offences seriously and those who were not carrying their work diaries were issued a direction to stop and rest for a period of seven hours.
“As a driver, meeting your safety and fatigue management obligations, in accordance with the Heavy Vehicle National Law (HVNL), is imperative for not only keeping yourself safe, but those you share the road with.”
Other breaches recorded included 137 vehicle defect notices, with 48 per cent of those being self-clearing and 26 to secure or adjust loads.
With a strong focus on educating heavy vehicle drivers on work diary requirements, NHVR wants drivers to know that they can carry either a WWD or an approved EWD – or a combination of both, if they are switching from using one format to the other.
“We received a number of enquires around carrying work diaries and we’d like to stress that it’s important to ensure drivers can produce records for the past 28 days,” Patterson said.
“If you change from using a WWD to an EWD, then you’ll also need to carry your WWD until which time you can show 28 days of records.”