NHVR adds smart camera tech to interception arsenal

The National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) aims to trial mobile Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) camera technology to monitor and intercept high-risk heavy vehicles, operators and journeys according to a recently announced tender.

This move will see the NHVR continue to regulate the heavy vehicle industry by undertaking compliance activities in a nationally consistent, risk-based, proportionate and effective manner.

Currently, the NHVR uses a fixed National Safety Camera Network (NSCN) which is reported to provide cross-border journey oversight by heavy vehicles, encourages behavioural change of non-compliant drivers and operators across Australia and improves the Regulator’s capability to establish compliance benchmarks. It is also said to increase the likelihood of detecting unsafe vehicles.

The use of ANPR technology in this context whether it be roadside, in-on vehicle and drone-mounted will be an additional tool for the NHVR to coordinate its surveillance and similar activities.

The tender, released via Qtender but open to other tenderers across Australia, noted that captured heavy vehicle meta data includes vehicle number plate, date, time and direction of travel which would then be made available to NHVR’s officers and IT environment to complement existing information in the Safety and Compliance Regulatory Platform.

A spokesperson from the NHVR told Big Rigs the initial trial will include two trailer-mounted cameras, two vehicle-mounted cameras and one drone camera which is expected to run across the Regulator’s Southern Operations region (Australian Capital Territory – ACT, South Australia, Tasmania and Victoria).

The tender lists a number of regions from Cairns and Far North Queensland to Townsville, Mackay and South East Queensland, however the technology is not expected to be used there as heavy vehicle compliance is under Transport and Main Roads’ jurisdiction.