New electronic logbook system for commercial truckers

By: Media Release

A new application for iPhone and Android allows commercial drivers to do away with their cumbersome paper logbooks in favour of electronic record keeping.

New electronic logbook system for commercial truckers
The new Logmate app for smartphone will help truckers keep better records.

The new Logmate app simplifies work-time logbook entries by saving driver details, leveraging smartphone GPS and date-time capabilities to enable driver to log a day’s activity at the press of a button.

It will also remind and inform drivers as obligations arise under the Land Transport Act 1998 and enable logistics companies to manage bookings and workloads more effectively by being able to view activity in a digestible format on demand.

Logmate founder Greg McDowell commented: "Nobody likes paperwork but for commercial and passenger endorsed drivers the need to comply with the law means they need to track their every movement. Through the use of our proprietary integrated software, we can now do it for them."

The Logmate app has already been approved by the New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA), following a six-week week trial period in conjunction with the Transport Agency and the New Zealand Police’s Commercial Vehicle Investigation Unit (CVIU).

NZTA technical support manager Tony Marlow added: "The Transport Agency is keen to support solutions that align with [our] objective of making it easier for our customers to do the right thing. Having electronic logbooks makes it easier for drivers and transport companies to comply with the work-time and logbook requirements."

Logmate application supports Androids and iOS with other platforms to be added at the transport industry’s request. It is suitable for people who hold any class of 2, 3, 4 and 5 drivers licence, or those with passenger endorsements.

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