IAP interest booms as deadline nears


IAP service providers experience increased interest from trucking operators as the end of the IAP pre-enrolment period draws closer

By Brad Gardner

Intelligent Access Program (IAP) service providers claim they are experiencing increased interest from trucking operators as the end of the IAP pre-enrolment period draws closer.

Transtech Driven Chief Executive Shaun Owen says the company has signed some "big-name operators" in recent months, with more to follow.

Although Owen declined to name the companies, Transtech has signed general as well as dangerous goods carriers.

"It’s looking very good. We have got some big signings around the corner," Owen says.

"A lot of people are concerned if they don’t sign on before June 30 they will lose Higher Mass Limits (HML) access.

Queensland and NSW will require drivers using HML to be enrolled in IAP from July 1.

Unlike Queensland and NSW, Victoria will not require IAP for HML. However, mobile crane operators and concrete pump trucks will need IAP to travel on specific routes.

The decision to monitor drivers in return for granting access stems from government concerns of trucks straying onto bridges or roads incapable of supporting heavy vehicles.

Newly-accredited IAP provider Minorplanet Asia Pacific is planning to launch a mass marketing campaign to sign new companies as well as target existing customers.

"There will be a ramp-up of activity in the next couple of weeks," Minorplanet Chief Executive Steve Green says.

Green says the July 1 deadline is promoting a lot of interest in IAP from the trucking industry, with operators contacting Minor Planet for more information.

The spike in interest in IAP follows the withdrawal of Sigtec in November last year.

Sigtec, which was the first IAP provider announced, decided to pursue other opportunities.

The peak industry representative body, the Australian Trucking Association (ATA), last year warned IAP was facing a decline in enrolment numbers because operators were already investing in their own monitoring systems.










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