BTS 19: Industry broadcasts PBS scheme story

Data collected from telematics for IAP trucks

BTS 19: Industry broadcasts PBS scheme story
Telematics data can be used for the betterment of the industry


Transport Certification Australia (TCA) and the Australian Road Transport Suppliers Association (ARTSA) have released a joint research report at the 2019 Brisbane Truck Show on the network-wide usage of Performance-Based Standards (PBS) vehicles enrolled in the Intelligent Access Program (IAP).

An output of collaborative research using data collected through the National Telematics Framework, the report offers insights into the movement of PBS vehicles across Australia.

A joint NHVR and ARTSA report released on May 16 shows that one in five heavy vehicles in Australia is now PBS approved. Read the story here

The research provides insights into the movements of heavy vehicles certified under the PBS scheme, using telematics data collected from the Intelligent Access Program (IAP) across Australia

It leverages on the availability of aggregated, anonymised vehicle location information from vehicles monitored through applications of the National Telematics Framework during the 2018 calendar year.

The network-wide analysis of vehicle movements across the research period provides rich insights to the freight industry, heavy vehicle manufacturers, suppliers, road managers and regulators on the use of PBS vehicles on Australia’s road network.

"This is the first time we have produced this research arising from discussions with TCA on how we could collaborate and explore how using telematics data would be of value to ARTSA members, the relevant stakeholders, TCA and the broader community," ARTSA chair Martin Toomey says.

"Our joint research is an example of how applications of the National Telematics Framework can be used in the future to better understand vehicle and road network use," Toomey says.

In November 2018 the Transport and Infrastructure Council (TIC) approved a package of new initiatives through the National Telematics Framework.

New applications and features included the Road Infrastructure Management (RIM) application, which provides a new way of collecting road use data from vehicles to better inform and optimise the management of road networks.

With work on the introduction of new telematics applications well advanced with road managers and regulators, a range of stakeholders are set to benefit from the valuable insights like those offered in the joint research report into PBS vehicle movements.

Find out more on the key report findings here:

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