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TCA publishes first instalment of consolidated heavy vehicle rest area information

Transport Certification Australia (TCA) has published the first instalment of consolidated rest area location and amenity information.

It follows the July 2018 announcement in which the company announced it was consolidating heavy vehicle rest area information in digital format for use in navigation devices and services used by heavy vehicle operators.

TCA Chief Executive Officer, Chris Koniditsiotis, said the consolidation of heavy vehicle rest area information across formal and informal rest area locations as previously stated in July, is long overdue.

“Despite general rest area information being offered through consumer navigation devices, heavy vehicle drivers face difficulties in finding in-cab devices and services which meet their specific needs,” he said.

At the 2018 fatigueHACK, hosted by the Australian Trucking Association (ATA), the issues were highlighted.

“Since July we’ve taken rest area location data currently available from Australia’s road and transport agencies and translated it into a standardised form which can be readily used by technology providers,” said Koniditsiotis.

“While rest area information was available prior, it was in different formats,” he said.

According to the TCA, the new digital heavy vehicle rest area information complements the recent release of the Austroads Guidelines for the Provision of Heavy Vehicle Rest Area Facilities, which aims to help road managers assess the need and prioritisation for and design of heavy vehicle rest areas across the road network.

The first instalment released today comprises heavy vehicle rest area information in Queensland and South Australia and covers rest area information in Queensland, supplied by the Department of Transport and Main Roads (TMR); rest area information in South Australia, supplied by the Department of Planning, Transport and
Infrastructure (DPTI).

“Standardised heavy vehicle rest area information from both jurisdictions can now be accessed at no cost through the Traveller Information Exchange (TIX),” said Koniditsiotis.

TIX provides information in multiple ways and serves a diverse range of user needs, including those who purchase telematics services from providers or have their own systems and those who want the data in a standardised form the TCA said in a statement.

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