IAP transition phase for Queensland

Queensland set introduce transition to IAP as anticipation of a new service provider mounts

By Brad Gardner

Queensland may introduce a transition phase to the Intelligent Access Program (IAP) as anticipation of a new service provider mounts.

Following a recent meeting of the Queensland Road Freight Industry Council, the State Government is looking at giving operators up to six weeks beyond the IAP start date of July 1 to comply with the new regime.

If accepted, the scheme will require companies to sign a contract with a service provider as proof the GPS technology will be installed in the truck cab.

NatRoad Chief Executive Bernie Belacic says it will be a strict transition phase and will require companies to also give Queensland Transport a specific installation date.

"They will grant access on the basis you have a contract. You have got to literally sign the contract," Belacic says.

The news comes amid comments from Transport Certification Australia (TCA) that as much as 10 applicants are seeking to become service providers.

"TCA anticipates and a number of new service providers will be announced over the coming months with an expectation an announcement may be made in the next few weeks," TCA Chief Executive Chris Koniditsiotis says.

Despite this, Koniditsiotis is not giving a firm date as to when an applicant will join current service providers Transtech Driven and Minorplanet Asia Pacific.

"The process for certification is rigorous and must meet stringent criteria, making it difficult for TCA to be prescriptive as to the number of certified IAP service providers it expects or when it anticipates those applicants will reach certification," he says."

Sigtec, which was the first provider named, decided to pull out of the IAP scheme to pursue other lucrative opportunities.

Under IAP, companies are able to access Higher Mass Limits (HML) in return for being monitored via GPS.

Victoria has also extended the scheme to cover concrete pump trucks and cranes.

In NSW, Minister for Roads Michael Daley has warned operators will be barred from sections of the State’s road network unless they enroll in IAP by the cut-off date.

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