McColl’s smart OBM system gains regulatory approval

Company-developed product gets green light from TCA

McColl’s smart OBM system gains regulatory approval
The smart OBM system will aid McColl's operations


A Smart On-Board Mass (OBM) system devised in-house by McColl’s Transport is granted Transport Certification Australia (TCA) Category B type-approval.

The McColl’s Integrated Mass Management System (MIMMS), developed exclusively for use by the company, uses an innovative combination of technologies, systems and processes to meet the performance requirements of the OBM System Functional and Technical Specification, TCA notes.

The product is used to aid McColl’s as a liquid carrier of milk, food and bulk chemicals.

"We are very pleased to have received TCA approval for MIMMS," McColl’s CEO Simon Thornton says.

"This comes after two years of hard work for our team to deliver this new capability to us.

"Safety is at the top of our values list and this system will be another asset to help us to keep our drivers and other road users safe.

"MIMMS will allow us to be sure that we are always operating within the gross vehicle mass limits for the roads that we are driving on.

"Our federal, state and local governments make big investments to provide Australians with first class road infrastructure."

"Managing and reporting our mass in real time is part of our commitment to keeping that infrastructure in top working order.

"We have a particular interest in regional and rural roads as we collect milk from farms and the infrastructure on these smaller roads is particularly vulnerable to over-weight vehicles."

The development of MIMMS is particularly pertinent in Victoria, the company notes, which is in the midst of expanding its high-productivity vehicle (HPV) network access – with smart OBM a key pillar of the move.

How smart OBM is to aid wider access in Victoria, here

"Importantly, McColl’s milk trucks can now leverage the new High Productivity Freight Vehicle arrangements in Victoria that broaden access, deliver easier first-and-last-kilometre approval and reduce the need for permits, which provides greater protection for Victoria’s roads and bridges," Thornton says.

The achievement demonstrates how the National Telematics Framework (NTF) provides transport operators with the opportunity to have their own technologies and systems recognised by TCA, the agency notes.

Smart OBM systems are digitally connected on-board weighing systems that enable new productivity and safety initiatives using applications of the National Telematics Framework (NTF).

All Smart OBM systems are type-approved by TCA.


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