Queensland harmonises telematics rules with other jurisdictions

Late last year, the Queensland Department of Transport and Main Roads (TMR) announced the harmonisation of its telematics rules applicable to a range of heavy vehicle combinations.

The changes apply to vehicles currently enrolled in the Intelligent Access Program (IAP), and using an On-Board Mass (OBM) monitoring device, in the following categories:

  • Class 2 Performance-Based Standards (PBS) A-Doubles
  • Class 2 vehicles operating at Higher Mass Limits (HML)
  • Class 2 PBS Level 1 & 2A Truck and Dog Trailers operating at HML
  • Class 3 20-metre long 3-axle trucks towing 4-axle dog trailers

The harmonisation aligns Queensland’s rules with those of other jurisdictions for various types of restricted access vehicles heavy vehicles, principally HML vehicles in New South Wales.

The specific changes made under the transition are:

  • Intelligent Access Program (IAP) transitions to the Telematics Monitoring Application (TMA); and
  • Interim On-Board Mass (OBM) transitions to Smart On-Board Mass (Smart OBM).

For Queensland operators, the transition commenced on 1 December 2022, with an 18-month transition period. Operators may transition whenever they choose before the transition period ends on 1 June 2024.

Transport Certification Australia (TCA), Australia’s national organisation for assurance related to transport technologies and data, are providing a public webinar on 23 February to explain the changes. [TCA Webinar Registration]

TCA also has a useful fact-sheet which explains the differences between IAP and TMA. [PDF]

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