Another small step on the road to a real national roadside enforcement regime took place this week. In the Australian Capital Territory the first of a number of demonstrations took place which should confirm the commitment of the states and territories to a consistent, national approach to heavy vehicle roadside inspections and compliance, as lead by the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator.
“The ACT road network provides a link for heavy vehicle movements across borders and along the East Coast of Australia,” said ACT Territory and Municipal Services Minister, Shane Rattenbury. “It is vital that we play our part in ensuring that heavy vehicles and their drivers meet the required safety standards, as well as boosting overall safety for ACT road users.
“A national approach to safety regulation requires systems that talk to each other, giving enforcement officers the tools and information they need to be effective across jurisdictions.
This first demonstration is set to be part of a series of national trials the NHVR will be leading to showcase the benefits of real-time, agency-linked, data-collection and monitoring software being used at the roadside.
Known as Truckscan, the system is already operating in New South Wales, with links to monitoring systems in South Australia. It has key features the NHVR would look to incorporate into a new, purpose-built National Compliance Information System.
“The demonstration system fast-tracks identification of high-risk operators who reveal a pattern of non-compliance, by capturing real-time data and sharing it across road transport authorities,” said Tony Kursius, NHVR Executive Director of Regulatory Compliance.
“However, details of a driver and vehicle already intercepted and cleared in New South Wales would be available immediately to ACT officers at the roadside. If they pull the vehicle over, it can be quickly identified as compliant and the driver can get on his way.”
The NHVR has partnered with NSW Roads and Maritime Services to trial the model system for the ACT using on-road enforcement vehicles fitted with demonstration data-collection and monitoring software.
“Ultimately, a National Compliance Information System ensures that compliance and enforcement efforts are targeted and allows operators who are doing the right thing to get on with the job,” said Kursius.