IAP goes live as first provider finally announced

By: Jason Whittaker


Transport Certification Australia (TCA) has finally announced the first Intelligent Access Program (IAP) provider, almost four months after one was

Transport Certification Australia (TCA) has finally announced the first Intelligent Access Program (IAP) provider, almost four months after one was due to be certified.

Australian-based company Sigtec is the first company to pass the stringent requirements expected of service providers by the TCA.

The company deals in systems integration, software development and GPS location-based solutions for various industries including transport and government.

As part of the IAP program, Sigtec will now use its expertise to monitor truck movements in respective states and territories to ensure heavy vehicle drivers do not stray from a set path designated to them by road authorities.

In order to gain certification, Sigtec had to meet due diligence, probity, financial, functional and technical requirements.

As reported by ATN in February, service providers were struggling to meet the TCA’s requirements.

However, TCA Chief Executive Chris Konisditsiotis expected to announce the first provider by the end of February, although one was meant to be operational by December last year.

Despite the constant delays, Konisditsiotis expressed confidence in the certification process, saying an announcement always hinged on whether or not service providers could meet TCA’s requirements.

"It has always been TCA’s position that the time taken to achieve certification is dependent on the progression and advancement of each applicant; it is not something dictated by timelines," he says.

Furthermore, Konisditsiotis insists the IAP program will be a win-win situation for governments and the industry because it will enhance heavy vehicle access while ensuring infrastructure and safety issues are met.

"In the IAP, road authorities have a tool which has the potential to deliver benefits in heavy vehicle productivity and efficiency while at the same time enabling better management of our roads and infrastructure," Konisditsiotis says.

"The IAP is all about ensuring the right vehicle is on the right road at the right time."

The industry, however, is sceptical about the monitoring device, arguing it is a policing tool which represents a form of ‘big brother’.

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