ALDI Australia has announced that following a successful trial, it will roll-out a new fleet management tool with plans to deploy Electronic Work Diaries (EWD), once approved by the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR).
The new tool will deployed across ALDI’s entire fleet.
“If you care about the safety of your team, have nothing to hide and want to drive meaningful safety improvements in the transport industry, then fleet management tools and electronic work diaries are a logical step forward. You cannot argue with the merits of this technology” Kelly Wells, Director of Logistics at ALDI Australia said.
An EWD is a device or system that once approved by the NHVR, can replace paper based logbooks as the authorised mechanism to monitor and record the work and rest times of drivers. In addition to replacing the functionality of logbooks, leading fleet management tools can provide operators with data that can be used to improve efficiency and safety by more clearly understanding the movement of their vehicles.
“Our move to electronic work diaries will assist our operators by reducing the complexity and administrative burden that the current paper based system presents. In-vehicle driver information will also allow our team to plan their work and rest breaks and act when alerted to imminent working hour limits,” said Wells.
As ALDI has outlined in its submission that will be submitted to the Inquiry into the Importance of a viable, safe, sustainable and efficient road transport industry, the retailer believes that technology will continue to play a key role in driving improved safety on our roads. The purchase and roll-out of this new fleet management tool is one of many ongoing safety programs led by ALDI to ensure it supports a safe work environment for its operators.