Introduction delay but still voluntary IAP in SA

<font color=red><b>IAP DEBATE:</b></font> Delay for IAP in South Australia, but Government sticks by voluntary stance

By Brad Gardner | October 9, 2009

The implementation date of the Intelligent Access Program (IAP) in South Australia has been delayed, but the Government is planning no changes to already announced access conditions under the scheme.

Contrary to an information bulletin released in July this year, the Department of Transport, Energy and Infrastructure will not introduce IAP in January 2010.

A spokeswoman for the department says the monitoring tool will be implemented in the middle of next year to give the Government time to run a communication campaign designed to sell IAP’s benefits.

The department has reiterated a government pledge that IAP will not be linked to HML, unlike the approach taken in Queensland and New South Wales.

"The IAP will be applied voluntarily to HML in South Australia and will not be imposed retrospectively so trucking companies have a choice between using IAP or route compliance certificates for HML access," the spokeswoman says.

"Those operators who sign up to IAP [for] HML will no longer be required to complete and carry the South Australia Route Compliance Certificate."

The spokeswoman says IAP will be applied progressively over the next 12 to 18 months on mobile cranes, performance-based standards (PBS) vehicles, AB triples and 30m B-doubles.

She says negotiations are still continuing on whether to apply IAP to over-width low loaders travelling at night.

"It is noteworthy that the Victorian Government has announced that it is using IAP to facilitate the trials of the next generation of high productivity freight vehicles in the Green Triangle region of Victoria (which includes 30m B-doubles)," the DTEI spokeswoman says.

The Brumby Government linked IAP to 30m B-doubles, concrete pump trucks and mobile cranes.

The DTEI is also planning to consult representative associations before implementing IAP which DTEI says will help ensure there is a balance between costs, benefits and business and community concerns.

Under IAP, trucking operators are granted access to specific routes in return for being monitored by GPS. The scheme is designed to assure regulators that vehicles are not straying onto restricted roads or bridges incapable of supporting heavy vehicles.

The introduction of IAP in South Australia faced stiff opposition from the South Australian Road Transport Association (SARTA) and the Liberals, with claims the scheme was too costly, inefficient and open to tampering.

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