SA IAP goes live in July

Government plans to release IAP in South Australia in July, but says it will not be linked to HML

By Brad Gardner | February 5, 2010

South Australian operators will soon have access to the Intelligent Access Program (IAP), with the announcement it will be unveiled the second half of the year.

A spokeswoman for the Department of Transport, Energy and Infrastructure says the tracking tool will be available from July 1 to gain access to restricted routes.

Unlike Queensland and NSW, South Australia has chosen to follow Victoria’s lead by not mandating IAP for higher mass limits (HML) access.

"The current higher mass limits networks for single articulated vehicles, B-doubles and road trains will continue to exist and IAP will become a requirement for those operators requiring any enhancement to this access," the spokeswoman says.

This includes using higher productivity vehicles like super B-doubles currently being used in Victoria.

However, the spokeswoman says trucking operators will be given a choice between IAP and the current system for HML.

"The IAP does not replace the permit system. IAP is voluntary and will be a business decision made by transport operators if they require enhanced access to the road network," she says.

The rollout of the GPS monitoring tool will be preceded by a communication campaign designed to sell IAP to trucking operators.

The spokeswoman says updates will appear on the department’s website from lat February, with information sessions to begin mid to late April.

There was a mixed reaction to the adoption of IAP, with the Opposition and the South Australian Road Transport Association (SARTA) arguing against it.

Under IAP, trucks are monitored by an in-cab device to ensure they do not stray onto routes incapable of supporting heavy vehicles.

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