Filling out a compliant paper based log book (or work diary) can be monotonous and frustrating. Whilst authorities dictate the use of a log book to manage work and fatigue hours, a manual paper based systems has its drawbacks. Until the wider transport industry (authorities and participants) develops a system that utilises technology based in the 21st century, paper based log books will still be here for a while. But there are ways that technology can assist drivers to be compliant in tracking driving and rest hours and stay abreast of the hours they have left for their current trip, day and/or week.
Most of us have modern smart phones that enable email, web browsing and other fabulous features. There are millions of Apps that can assist with telling you what the weather will be for the next week, or to help you learn a new language. Fortunately for truck drivers, several truck driver log book apps have been developed that easily enable a driver to keep compliant with prescribed hours and are built for Australian regulations. Some of the features include: remaining hours and alarms, electronic pages to emulate a paper version, maps and other nifty features. Some examples are Logbook Checker.
with easy to read and navigate pages
and Big Rigs Logbook with clear screens, maps and other cool features
Some of our drivers have even shared them with the authorities during routine checks with favourable comments. Many Apps are quite cheap with some under $10 to download to your phone or tablet (or both). Whilst paper based log books are still required, using an app to supplement the book and assist you to remain compliant is a good way to let technology add some value to your working week. Rely on the paper book until legislation catches up with technology though. Safe driving.