Public consultation on Intelligent Access Program open

THE National Transport Commission has released a draft review of the Intelligent Access Program (IAP) for further public consultation and feedback.

CEO of the NTC Paul Retter said the draft review found the rollout of the IAP project was well managed and was now operating in six states (NSW, Queensland, South Australia, Tasmania, Victoria and WA).

Using satellite technology, the program electronically monitors the location and speed of heavy vehicles to make sure they are only travelling on those roads they have been approved to travel on in exchange for better access to a wider variety of roads.

"It is important to regularly review the operation of programs like the IAP to fine-tune it for the future," Mr Retter said.

"This draft review finds that there are productivity benefits available to the transport industry by using IAP. Many transport operators are tapping into these benefits with more than 2600 vehicles using IAP on Australian roads so far."

Mr Retter said the review made five draft recommendations to improve the program including greater reporting of IAP usage statistics, making a version of the IAP specification available to the public, reviewing the re-certification process and publishing information about the data that operators are able to obtain from service providers.

The NTC is now seeking feedback on this draft report before the close of business on July 25 and will consider every stakeholder's views in its final recommendations which it will present to transport ministers in November this year.

To download the report and make a submission see the NTC website.

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