RTA extends higher mass routes after IAP goes live

By: Jason Whittaker


The announcement of the first Intelligent Access Project (IAP) provider has unlocked further higher mass limit (HML) roads in New

The announcement of the first Intelligent Access Project (IAP) provider has unlocked further higher mass limit (HML) roads in New South Wales.

The Roads and Traffic Authority (RTA) has also released details of the transitional arrangements while giving operators a last chance to pre-enrol with the program.

Operators who pre-enrol in the scheme can use the HML network, but an extension of routes announced today by the RTA will only be available to operators who sign up with an IAP provider.

IAP administrators Transport Certification Australia has announced Sigtec as the first company to receive IAP service provider status.

The RTA says it will now accept pre-enrolment applications until May 31.

Operators who pre-enrol will gain the benefits of the transition period and can request additional access on other roads for vehicles already pre-enrolled.

The RTA says it will continue the transition period until operators have a choice of IAP providers.

After July next year operators must be enrolled in IAP to run higher productivity vehicles in NSW.

The transitional arrangements will apply to all access arrangements currently provided under IAP, including HML, the road train modernisation program (B-triples and AB-triples) and performance-based standards (PBS). Separate transition arrangements will apply to the quad axle pilot and the Super B-double schemes, the RTA says.

Vehicles that become fully enrolled in IAP will also have automatic access to all approved HML roads in NSW, HML ‘screening’ at automated heavy vehicle checking stations and the provision of a HML network map.

In an advisory letter to operators, RTA Assistant Director Philip Halton says Sigtec has extensive experience in providing services for complex urban transport systems and emergency service vehicles.

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