What you need to know about onboard mass compliance in VIC

Smedley’s Engineers, a leading Performance-Based Standards assessment firm, has announced the pending introduction of new onboard mass measuring regulations for the state of Victoria.

From 1 November 2021, all High Productivity Freight Vehicles (HPFV) and Performance-Based Standards (PBS) combinations greater than 68.5 tonnes Gross Combination Mass (GCM), or longer than 26m, that are used in Victoria must, by law, be equipped with a Smart On-Board Mass (OBM) measurement system integrated with the vehicle’s telematics.

Victoria joins New South Wales in instituting this regulation, which requires the Smart OBM system to be linked to either the Intelligent Access Programme (IAP), Telematics Monitoring Application (TMA) or Road Infrastructure Management (RIM) program.

According to Smedley’s Engineers Managing Director, Robert Smedley, whether operators of HPFV choose to use IAP or TMA to meet the new regulation, it is all about the electronic data that is collected from vehicles and shared with the Transport Agencies.

“The IAP is an application of the National Telematics Framework and allows transport operators to gain greater access to the road network with increased payloads in return for monitoring compliance with specific access conditions via approved telematics,” said Smedley.

“Heavy vehicles are monitored using a Transport Certification Australia (TCA)-certified telematics device supplied by an IAP service provider, such as Teletrac Navman, which has the In Vehicle Unit (IVU) certified for this purpose.”

The TMA provides a flexible, cost-effective approach to the management of heavy vehicle access using telematics.

According to Smedley, compared with the IAP application, TMA offers a lower level of assurance for lower risk activities, and can be an effective option for transport operators who may not have previously considered opting-in to regulatory telematics applications.

“TMA offers a low-cost point of entry for operators to gain road network access and is more flexible in its requirements of telematics systems,” said Smedley.

“For instance, devices already fitted to vehicles, provided they are TCA type-approved, can be used to manage road access and compliance.”

Smedley reiterated that TMA provides the operator with the ability to unlock Higher Mass Limits (HML) PBS schemes, Hill Decent Monitoring, and more, based on the state of application and requirements, and is suitable for low- to medium-risk vehicles and transport activities.

RIM is an application of the National Telematics Framework and provides a new way of collecting road use data from vehicles to better inform and optimise the management of road networks.

According to Smedley, RIM is a low-cost application that monitors parameters of location, time and identity while speed data is not collected. It is important to note that RIM can’t be used where OBM is required.

“Transport operators can use their existing hardware including Qubes, VT101 or IVU to participate in a number of schemes including, but not limited to, the Safety, Productivity & Environment Construction Transport Scheme (SPECTS), Farm Gate Access Scheme and RIM PBS Level 1 and 2 Vehicle Monitoring Scheme,” said Smedley – adding that there are three TCA-approved Smart OBM systems available in the Australian market at present – Tramanco, Loadman and Airtec – with others set to arrive shortly.

Smedley’s Engineers is an authorised national agent of Teletrac Navman, one of the five suppliers of IAP and TMA systems to the transport industry.