ATN “Australia’s telematics regulator lends a hand in Sweden”

17 April, 2014

Truck-tracking road access trial also involves Transtech Driven, Volvo and Scania.

Sweden has started a pilot version of Australia’s Intelligent Access Program (IAP).

The pilot of the truck-tracking IAP in Sweden will use satellites to enable telematics to manage truck access on the road network. It has kicked off using three vehicles.

Telematics is the capture, transmission and remote storage of truck and trailer data.

The trial is part of a memorandum of understanding between the Swedish Transport Administration (Trafikverket) and Transport Certification Australia (TCA).

TCA is the body set up by Australia’s state and federal governments to regulate telematics.

It says it has been working closely with Trafikverket and a consortium of stakeholders from Sweden including Lund University, the forest research institute Skogforsk and truck manufacturers Scania and Volvo.

The IAP in Australia uses multiple private sector telematics service providers.

“It enables road transport reforms by managing infrastructure risks and compliance, providing governments with the highest levels of assurance that the right truck is on the right road at the right time, and if required, to ensure the vehicle does not exceed gross speed thresholds,” says TCA Chief Executive Officer, Chris Koniditsiotis.

“The reasons behind the success of the IAP in Australia – and its adoption across a growing number of access applications and transport operators – are the same reasons which led to the IAP Pilot in Sweden.

“I’m pleased to confirm that the first three vehicles involved in the Swedish Operational Pilot are obtaining their IAP services from Transtech Driven – one of the five IAP service providers certified by TCA in Australia.

“The pilot is demonstrating how the IAP is able to increase access entitlements for High Capacity Transports on the Swedish road network, by ensuring that productivity, safety and environmental outcomes are advanced in unison.”

Anders Berndtsson, Chief Strategist at Trafikverket, says: “We see IAP and similar systems as possible instruments for better risk management, enabling us to open up a substantial part of the road network for new vehicle combinations.

“This will help us utilise our road network while reducing climate impact from road transports.

“The IAP pilot will help us to foster a safety culture, and also support fair transport which is a focus area in the Swedish transport industry.”

Read the full article on the ATN website.