Haphazard IAP roll-out defended

TCA chairperson defends decision to introduce IAP before local government access issues were resolved

By Brad Gardner | December 21, 2010

Governments’ decision to introduce the Intelligent Access Program before resolving operational issues was in the interests of the trucking industry, according to the organisation administering the program.

In Transport Certification Australia’s annual report, chairperson Stephen Golding has defended the roll-out of the IAP, which grants trucking operators greater route access in return for being monitored via GPS.

The scheme has been criticised because some operators still struggle to get approval to run trucks on certain routes despite installing the necessary tracking equipment.

"I was asked once why did we not get all the access issues right with local government before we turned on IAP?" Golding writes in the report.

"Whilst this is a question for jurisdictions, the answer to this was simple – jurisdictions did not want to hold back available access.

"Additionally as we have always stated, the IAP is a voluntary program; it is incumbent on each operator to ascertain the business case."

Golding concedes some trucking companies are still fighting to get access to the road network, but claims the IAP scheme is a success.

"It is true that access is an issue for some transport operators, but increasingly we hear of successful outcomes, especially with local government," he writes.

Golding says telematics have "enormous potential" and that IAP should give the industry confidence in its ability to meet the burgeoning freight task.

As well as applying to trucks using higher mass limits access, the IAP monitors higher productivity vehicles.

CEO Chris Koniditsiotis claims the IAP unit "has now become the equipment of choice for many transport operators even if they are not currently using it for IAP purposes".

TCA is responsible for certifying companies to offer IAP services. This year it also developed draft specifications for an electronic work diary scheme as part of a push by the National Transport Commission to provide an alternative to paper-based reporting.

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