IAP takes effect in Victoria


IAP made mandatory in Victoria, with the Government claiming it is good news for the transport industry

The Intelligent Access Program has been made mandatory in Victoria, with the Government claiming it is good news for the transport industry.

Those who operate mobile cranes and concrete pump trucks must now enrol in the monitoring program, which grants access to the road network in return for monitoring vehicles via GPS.

Although the IAP will restrict vehicles to certain roads and bridges, Minister for Roads and Ports Tim Pallas argues the scheme will deliver benefits for transport operators.

"By keeping heavy mobile cranes and concrete pump trucks on approved routes, IAP will deliver better efficiency and productivity for the road transport industry alongside improved road safety and access for all road users," Pallas says.

"On the wrong routes the weight of heavy cranes and concrete pump trucks has the potential to damage the roads on which they drive."

Pallas also claims the industry can now look forward to a hassle-free system because they will not have the burden of installing their own GPS units.

"Heavy mobile cranes and concrete pump trucks operators have been responsible for making their own arrangements to monitor these vehicles’ movements. With IAP, certified service providers will monitor these vehicles and reduce the administrative onus on the operator," he says.

Labelling the introduction of the IAP as an example of using technology to improve road safety, Pallas says monitoring heavy vehicles will ensure the road network remains "efficient and in a good state of repair".

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