Port of Brisbane

1 February, 2013

Transtech Driven has worked closely with Port of Brisbane and TMR to open up access to state-of-the-art high-productivity Performance Based Standards approved A-Doubles on the route between Toowoomba and the Port of Brisbane.

Transport Operators using the unique solution developed by Transtech Driven are now able to operate A-Doubles between Toowoomba and Port of Brisbane. Integrating electronic scales and Transtech Driven’s certified in-vehicle unit, the system provides road and bridge owners with assurance that transport operators are operating in accordance with their permit conditions.

Previously the largest vehicle allowed on the route was a B-double at 68 tonnes. Under this scheme A-Doubles are permitted to operate at 79 tonnes. More importantly, it is now possible to carry two 28t gross containers ready for export, whereas no vehicle could carry more than one such container previously.

This results in fewer trips, less wear and tear on roads, reduced greenhouse gas emissions and big savings for the entire supply chain – including consumers and transport operators.

Key Benefits

  • Up to a 50% reduction in number of trips for the same freight task
  • More than 40% savings in fuel
  • More than 40% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions
  • Improved safety – fewer trucks on the road
  • Simplifies record keeping for NHVAS Mass Management module
  • Savings across the entire supply chain

Key Features

  • Integrates the leading electronic scales and certified telematics system
  • Fully automated – no more guessing weights
  • Real-time axle mass available to office staff
  • Powerful reporting services
  • Enables road authorities to permit new vehicle types at higher mass limits

Quick Facts

Transport operators can now carry up to four TEU on PBS Level 2B vehicles whereas previously they could only carry 3 TEU at best.

Modelling undertaken by Queensland Department of Transport and Main Roads (TMR) has indicated that a transport operator would have needed to make 4,800 trips between Toowoomba and the Port of Brisbane to carry 120,000 tonnes per annum.

With A-Doubles those trips could be slashed by up to 50% to 2,400 trips. As an example, innovative trailer designs enable two 20’ containers of export grain to be moved per trip and can return with an additional 40’ container (or 2 x 20’ containers).