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TCA and ARTSA on the power of telematics

Transport Certification Australia (TCA) and the Australian Road Transport Suppliers Association (ARTSA) this week released a joint research report at the 2019 Brisbane Truck Show.

The TCA and ARTSA report is on the network-wide usage of Performance-Based Standards (PBS) vehicles enrolled in the Intelligent Access Program (IAP), and is an output of collaborative research using data collected through the National Telematics Framework.

The report offers unique insights into the movement of PBS vehicles 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,’ said Martin Toomey, Chair of the ARTSA Board.

“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,” said Toomey.

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.

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