TCA backs new heavy vehicle road user charging system

MRWA is currently trialling the application in the Kwinana Industrial Area

TCA backs new heavy vehicle road user charging system
The technology is currently being tested along the Kwinana Freeway.


Transport Certification Australia (TCA) CEO Chris Koniditsiotis says the latest heavy vehicle road charging application will offer accurate and reliable data to allocate correct road contribution costs to heavy vehicle operators.

The new app has been developed in association with Main Roads Western Australia (MRWA) using government and telematics industry investments.

The new app will enable certified telematics to monitor heavy vehicle road use so that road and transport agencies can determine road use before allocating charges to relevant users.

TCA says the app gives governments "reliable data on how heavy vehicles use the transport network and its key assets".

The application is currently being used by MRWA to trial road access in the Kwinana Industrial Area, including the Kwinana Freeway, Thomas Road, Rockingham Road and the first 500 metres of Kwinana Beach Road.

Participating transport operators, including 36.5 metre road train operators, will contribute to the cost of maintenance on the roads through a relevant contribution.

MRWA says the trial will "enable the assessment of expected safety and efficiency benefits to the transport industry by providing access from Kwinana for the movement of fuel and dangerous goods without having to use Kewdale as a staging area.

The road body says so far, the feedback received from participating transport operators has been "positive".

"This application is the first of its kind in Australia to enable accuracy and reliability in apportioning road contribution costs, whilst improving asset management and maintenance outcomes," Koniditsiotis says.

With the use of this application, end-users will not be required to install separate, standalone devices to perform individual functions, which will "significantly" reduce costs, he says.

"With over 30,000 telematics IVUs [in-vehicle units] already installed in heavy vehicles which are currently able to meet TCA requirements (or are able to meet them with some amendments), there is a significant proportion of the heavy vehicle task that could "switch-on" this application if required.

"The ability to leverage investments already made by industry means significantly lower costs to utilise this application and promote improved outcomes."

Koniditsiotis says the new application is another example of how telematics can be used to provide infrastructure and productivity improvements.

This new application joins applications already available through the National Telematics Framework.

The framework, considered world’s best practice approach to the sustainable use of telematics, delivers the ability to co-locate commercial and regulatory applications in a single Telematics IVU.       

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