In New Zealand there are restrictions placed on how long drivers of commercial vehicles, heavy vehicles and passenger service vehicles may work before taking a rest break. The requirements change depending on what type of driver you are. The goal is to reduce driver fatigue to make New Zealand roads safer. 

Logbooks are a record of work and rest time and are by law required to be true, accurate and complete!

Here at Logmate we want to make it easier for you to maintain a logbook and stay compliant, so you can spend more time on the road safely and efficiently. So we developed an NZTA approved electronic logbook and management platform to achieve just that.

Pro tip:
We are one of only 6 NZTA approved logbook systems in NZ and are available on both iOS and Android

In order to get the most out of your Logmate Digital Logbook you need to first understand the New Zealand work-time rules, how they apply to you as a driver and how your Digital Logbook functions with these rules in mind.

The Work-Time Rules

Work Time

Work time refers to (but is not limited to) any time spent driving or performing work related duties which may include: 

  • Loading and unloading
  • Cruising for hire
  • Waiting at passenger service stands
  • Vehicle maintenance and refuelling
  • Office work
  • Any other paid employment!!

Pro tip: In your Logmate Digital Logbook you can record both driving time and time spent performing other work related duties to make sure you track all work time.

Rest Time

Rest time means all time that:

  • is not work-time
  • at least 30min in duration
  • not spent in a moving vehicle associated with work

Note: all three of these factors need to be present to constitute rest time

Rest Breaks

Rest breaks are a period of rest time taken during a cumulative work period and changes depending on what type of driver you are:

  • Commercial and Heavy Vehicle Drivers: You are required to take a 30min rest break every 5 and a half hours
  • Small Passenger Service Vehicle (SPSV) Drivers: You are able to drive for 7 hours before a required 30min so long as no single fare is further than 100km in distance. If a single fare exceeds 100km or the driver undertakes driving in a non SPSV subject to work-time requirements a 30min break every 5.5hours is required.

Cumulative Work Day

The cumulative work day requirements are the same regardless of what type of driver you are. You are legally allowed to work for a maximum of 13 hours per day within a 14 hour window. A cumulative work day cannot exceed 24 hours and must include a minimum continuous rest period of 10 hours.

Cumulative Work Period 

The cumulative work period is a collection of cumulative work days which do not succeed 70 hours. Once total work-time of 70 hours is reached a rest period (as defined above) of at least 24 hours must be taken.

If you want to learn more about the NZ work-time rules and the effects of driver fatigue you can find more information on the NZTA website or here for:

Logmate's NZTA approved electronic logbook allows you to keep an accurate and real time copy of your logbook to track all your work and rest time as required by NZ law.

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