Maximise Work Time * Beat Delays * ZERO BREACH

Legit post, not a hoax!


6/13/20233 min read

DELAY is a main killer of heavy vehicle transport business in Australia with delay times reportedly ranging from 2.5 to 9 hours, with no visible light at the end of the tunnel so far. At this level of delay, almost no transport business in Australia can be sustainable, and as you might've guessed as a result, truck drivers "massage" their logbooks to be able to drive to the next loading or unloading destination, which still expect the truck to arrive on time despite outrageous delays!

While massaging the logbook seems equally outrageous to many, it's an inevitable choice to a wide number of big rigs drivers, and one can't but sympathise with that while knowing how tragic sometimes it ends up due to accumulation of stress., which leaves the driver in the "Safe is not Legal, and Legal is not Safe" dilemma!

The path to Legal & Safe

Since truck drivers can't do much about delays other than highlighting the issue that no one in the chain of responsibility seems to care about, they need to look at what they practically can do to keep their trucking business making a dollar and be compliant at the same time. Continuously being hurt by delay, the truckie is for sure not interested in copping a fine speeding or breaching work time limits, but got no much choice :(

And here comes the smarts of putting Safee to best use that paper logbooks can't deliver, by understanding and implementing these 2 points:

  1. Delay time is NOT work time: As per the definition of "Work" in the Heavy Vehicle National Law (HVNL), the driver is NOT at WORK if they are:

    • not in the driver seat and the engine is on.

    • not doing anything with the truck that relates to the business of transporting the goods.

    • not doing anything out of the truck that relates to the business of transporting the goods.

Reciting from the HVNL's Section 221 and NHVR Website (tap snapshots to see full size image):

So, the delay time that is wasted for the driver doing nothing but wait is not considered as work time. What's needed now is to capture that delay and log it as a "Rest" instead of "Work". This way you can claim all the delay time back towards your available working hours, and this leads to the second point:

  • If you're being just delayed, switch to rest: with Safee App in your pocket switch to rest from the time that this delay started using the time picker and save all the work time you need to recover the consequences of that delay as much as you can, with the comfort and assurance that you're not breaching the law. You can even add a picture to your timeline to document this if you're on the EWD+ subscription.

What's the timeline gonna look like?

Drivers using Safee E Logbook (or EWD) have saved thousands of hours by utilising this knowledge and Safee app features to get the load delivered on time despite delay, or to save hours that can get them home in the weekend before maxing their 7 or 14 days work limit. Different to the 15-min, speechless paper logbook, Safee E Logbook can be utilised to gain this business advantage safely, and drivers who actively utilise this feature have their timelines looking like the below real snapshot that a paper logbook can't do:

There's no need to "massage" the logbook

Staying safe is the best approach when it comes to work & rest hours compliance because the the risk of massaging is not worth the sting of the fine the leaves its mark for many months to come. Sticking to a legit E Logbook for $8.50 a month or risking $1,000s of dollars for just 1 fine?.

It's no brainer, Hit your relevant app store icon, download Safee E Logbook app, keep your productivity and compliance spotless.