BlackBox Control gets TCA hill descent monitoring certification

Main Roads WA trialling product on AB-triples at Roelands Hill

BlackBox Control gets TCA hill descent monitoring certification
BlackBox Control's HDM product manages steep hill descent risks


Transport Certification Australia (TCA) has announced BlackBox Control as the first new certified service provider of Hill Descent Monitoring (HDM), a new application of the National Telematics Framework.

As a monitoring application, HDM manages the risks associated with heavy vehicles travelling down long or steep hill descents, monitoring heavy vehicle speed on descent on a nominated route and indicating if a driver has performed safety checks before the descent.

TCA lifted the lid on HDM as an application in December 2018

Main Roads WA is using HDM to trial the operation of Category 7 (A) AB-triple combinations travelling down Roelands Hill on the Coalfields Highway.

The HDM application will allow Main Roads WA to confirm that vehicles participating in the trial have stopped in the bay at the top of Roelands Hill to check brakes, engage low gear, and not exceed a speed of 40km/h when descending Roelands Hill.

Significantly, Main Roads WA will extend the approved network for Category 7 (A) AB-Triple combinations participating in the trial from the section of Coalfields Highway already approved, to the South Western Highway.

These extended access arrangements along the Coalfields Highway – between the Rest Area - Road Train Assembly Area and the South Western Highway – will open access for vehicles travelling through to Bunbury without the need to break down.

"The use of HDM by Main Roads WA demonstrates how advancements to productivity and safety can be realised, offering benefits to road managers, regulators and the transport sector," TCA says.

"It allows for new, innovative approaches to be adopted to manage the safe operation of heavy vehicles traversing long or steep descents."

BlackBox Control is a certified service provider and supports numerous applications available through the National Telematics Framework, including: Intelligent Access Program (IAP); Intelligent Speed Compliance (ISC); Certified Telematics Service (CTS); Traveller Information Exchange (TIX).

BlackBox Control Managing Director Mark Langford adds: "We are delighted at BlackBox to become the first service provider approved for HDM by TCA.

"It signifies our focus on helping our transport customers to become more productive. We look forward to working with operators to qualify for a Main Roads WA permit under HDM."


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