Our goal here at Logmate is to make a drivers legal requirements easy to understand and adhere too. The use of a Digital Logbook provides the opportunity to give you as a driver real-time feedback on your work-time balances, shift duration and break/end of shift times. 

Before continuing this article please make sure you comprehensively understand the NZ Work-Time rules by reading our article 'Understand NZ Work-Time Rules'.

Traffic Light Concept

In your digital logbook you will receive real-time feedback using our traffic light concept.

Shift Balances

At the top of your main screen you will see two circle images. Each circle will continue to fill as your total increases and will change colour depending on the urgency.

  • Period: The left hand image shows your cumulative work period balance. Your work-time will continue to add to this total until your continuous rest period of 24 hours is taken. 
  • Shift On Duty: The right hand image shows your cumulative work day balance. As you continue your shift your balance will increase until you 'End Your Shift'.

Starting Work Time

When you are cleared to start a new shift your Start New Shift button will appear in green

If starting a new shift would be in violation of the work time rules the Start New Shift button will be red and the timer will be in red displaying how long until you will no longer be in violation.

Orange Warnings

When you are within 15min of being required to take a rest break or ending your shift your counter will appear in orange. It will also be in orange if you are currently on a break.


When you complete your shift you will be asked to Review & Lock your shift. This will pull up your shift summary. If there are any work-time violations during your shift they will appear in your logbook summary in red.

If you feel like the violation is due to an inaccurate entry read our article 'Editing Logbook Entries'.

Note: The Traffic Light Concept is a tool used to assist you as a driver in adhering to your work time requirements. They are to be used as a suggestion of your status. You are responsible for your own digital logbook entries!!

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