2017: The Year of EWDs According to New Research by Teletrac Navman
SYDNEY, Australia, 8th March 2017 - New research, released today by Teletrac Navman, has shown that use of Electronic Work Diaries (EWDs) will triple within the next 12 months. As legislation allows transport operators to replace paper logbooks with EWDs, it's likely the technology will grow exponentially in 2017.
The research, conducted by ACA Research, shows that a third of fleets with six or more trucks plan to implement EWDs in the next 12 months. This is due to many firms who already have the functionality to activate EWDs within their existing telematics systems.
Andrew Rossington, Vice President Transtech – a division of Teletrac Navman, said, “The proposed changes in regulations on paper logbooks and EWDs presents a huge opportunity for transport operators to ensure compliance and improve driver efficiencies. Implementation of EWDs shows how technology is improving driver behaviour, when you add Smartjobs and other solutions to that the efficiency savings are exponential.”
Teletrac Navman’s EWD solution is able to monitor driver’s fatigue by calculating work and rest hours based on current and historical data. This gives drivers fore-warning when at risk of breaching fatigue regulations. Powerful planning tools are provided for Fleet Managers and the solution is fully functional outside of cellular coverage.
Currently, EWDs have the largest penetration within larger fleets; almost a quarter with 25 or more heavy-vehicles already utilising the technology.
The primary aim of this research was to gauge current perceptions of EWDs within the road freight transport industry. With important regulatory changes on the horizon, this research gives insight into what role EWDs will play in managing compliance, monitoring driver behaviour and improving operational efficiency for fleets of all shapes and sizes.
According to the research, the primary reason for adopting EWDs changes depending on the size of the fleet. More than two-thirds (67%) of companies with fleets larger than 25 vehicles stated their primary reason for implementation was for increased visibility into driver compliance. Operators with smaller fleets introduced the solution for the elimination of inefficient paper processes was the main driver behind the change.
“It’s easy to see why so many businesses plan on taking advantage of the proposed regulation changes and adopting Electronic Work Diaries. For transport operators, keeping drivers safe and their business compliant is always top of mind. EWDs provide them with increased visibility into their fleet and enables automation of business tools, helping to combat driver fatigue and stay on top of complex legislator requirements,” said Mr. Rossington.
About Teletrac Navman
Teletrac Navman, the combined company formed by Teletrac Inc. and Navman Wireless offers GPS-based fleet optimisation products and services, including real-time vehicle tracking, electronic logging, communications and analytics that enable companies to monitor, measure and improve operational costs and efficiencies. The company's technology currently tracks more than 500,000 vehicles owned by over 40,000 organisations on six continents, making it one of the world's largest fleet management software solutions providers. The company, headquartered in Glenview, IL, has offices in the United States, Mexico, United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand. www.teletracnavman.com.au
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