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Interim On-Board Mass Program

Mobile Integrated Compliance Solution

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.

Transtech has worked closely with scale providers to offer the OBM solution to transport operators wishing to utilise E-max or Loadman scales. TMR has approved E-max to utilise the Loadmaxx 5800 series scales and Loadman to utilise the Can Coder Scale System LM300 Meter scales. Click here to view the full list of details about these suppliers.

The Interim On Board Mass Program provides operators with the opportunity to increase payload and utilise vehicle combinations that have not been previously possible, including PBS A-Doubles, Truck and Dogs along with Road Trains. It helps provide unprecedented access to local ports, increasing operational efficiency and gains in productivity. Gaining access can be a crucial move for an operator because 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.

Access to the program is achieved by installing Transtech’s IAP certified In-Vehicle Unit and selected pre-approved on-board scales to operating vehicles and applying to the program. The transport operator can then apply to gain access to Higher Mass Limits (HML) and the extended road-network, providing a unique set of productivity benefits.

The move to an On-Board Mass solution is especially important to many transport operations around eastern Australia. The benefits are measurable – some of Transtech’s customers are seeing up to a 50% savings in the number of trips, 40% reduction in fuel costs and more. As an example of the Program, operators can now carry two 40ft containers into the Port of Brisbane – a significant payload increase. As an example, on the Toowoomba to Port of Brisbane route, the previously largest vehicle allowed was a B-double at 68 tonnes. Under the program, A-doubles are permitted to operate at 79 tonnes. A-doubles, more importantly, make it possible to carry two 28t (40ft) gross containers ready for export, whereas no vehicle could carry more than one such container previously.

Transtech’s solution automates the measuring of weights in real-time with powerful reporting services. Transtech is able to accurately ensure to both the jurisdictional body and to the operator that the vehicle is complying with mass and route restrictions.

Gaining Road-Network Access

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.

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).