Access and higher mass limits in Australia

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Access & HML

Unlock benefits which may be unique to your operation

Access. It’s a term that’s heard all the time in the transport industry. What does it really mean? How can a transport operator engage jurisdictions to unlock benefits which may be unique to their operation?

Gaining access simply refers to the process a transport company would undertake to operate on specific routes utilising larger or unique vehicle combinations to increase payload. This means that vehicle combinations that may never have been possible at Higher Mass Limits (HML) can be used to realise efficiency and productivity gains.

So why is it important?   It unlocks specific vehicles to complete specific tasks. For example, the use of A-Double vehicle combinations unlocks the ability to carry two 40ft containers into the port. Without access, only a 40ft and a 20ft container is permitted on a B-Double. The productivity gains are measurable and substantial.

There are a number of different types of access that can be attained that vary depending on the need of the operator to the requirements of being granted access.

An operator has the ability to consider the best option to suit requirements. Behind these types of access is technology. For example, on-board scales can be paired with Transtech’s IAP and type approved In-Vehicle Unit (IVU) to communicate locational and mass information in real-time.


The many different types and ways of gaining access or operating at Higher Mass Limits

Last Mile Access. Last mile access allows the operator to gain access from the depot to the nearest highway at increased payload or for unique vehicle combinations that aren’t currently permitted.

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access to the port

Port Access. Port access for longer combinations, such as A-Doubles, may be required for transport companies that freight bulk goods from depots to the port for export. This is typically approved when an on-board mass solution is installed in operating vehicles. For example, you may wish to optimise the route on the return journey via a bridge that does not allow vehicles at HML. An on-board mass solution allows the operator to prove that the vehicle combination is not over mass limits, in real-time, to allow access to the bridge for an optimised route.

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IAP. The IAP is a program which provides heavy vehicles with significantly improved access, to the Australian road network with permitted additional load, in return for monitoring of compliance with specific access conditions by vehicle telematics solutions. It’s become an increasingly popular method to increase payload, thus increasing efficiency in the operation.

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Interim On-Board Mass (OBM). The Interim OBM monitoring solution for compliance purposes supports the use of Performance Based Standards (PBS) 2B heavy vehicle combinations on selected routes. The vehicles, once registered with the OBM monitoring solution, will in-turn, allow for an increased load to be carried.

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Transtech is a premier IAP service provider and is currently the only approved supplier for Interim On-Board Mass solutions. With over 25 years in the transport industry, Transtech has a fantastic reputation and relationship with jurisdictions, local councils and shires. Transtech understands and cares about access – it’s one of the most topical issues facing the industry. Giving customers the opportunity to carry more freight, utilising unique vehicle combinations or gaining last mile access, Transtech is there to help and advise through the process.

Transtech can help you through each step of the journey, provide the right information and help tailor a solution to help meet your goals.For more information on gaining access and how Transtech can help you gain access, contact one of Transtech’s helpful customer service representatives on 1300 427 123 or send an enquiry below.

Who can you get in touch with at Transtech?


Meet Anthony Laras. He is Transtech’s National Service Delivery Manager. Anthony is the guru of access and higher mass limits and heads Transtech’s professional customer service team. Come and meet Anthony to unlock your potential with last-mile access, reaching higher mass limits and more. Call 1300 427 123 today to speak with Anthony about your Access and Higher Mass Limit goals.


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