TCA highlights on-board mass opportunities

Transport Certification Australia (TCA) hosted an On-Board Mass (OBM) Forum at MEGATRANS2018 last week, which was an open session for interested parties to learn more about OBM type-approval and the benefits of type-approved systems.

“We appreciate the chance to speak directly with the transport industry, government representatives and telematics specialists,” said TCA CEO, Chris Koniditsiotis.

The OBM Forum fostered discussion on how OBM systems are an enabler for reform, how Australia has led the world in establishing performance-based outcomes for OBM systems, promoting an open technology market, how this work is informing international work being progressed through the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), and the International Society for Weigh InMotion.

It also covered the three categories of OBM system type-approval, the latest developments from OBM system suppliers and examples of how OBM systems can deliver real-world benefits from being used by the transport industry as well as the opportunities for road managers to re-engineer the use of road networks by having access to reliable and accurate mass data, as reflected through the updated Australian Standard for bridge assessments.

The Forum was attended by Certified Service Providers, OBM system suppliers, and industry representatives, providing a platform for the open exchange of the latest thinking, opportunities and how best to meet the demands of the freight and logistics sector.

Transport operators are already making forward investment decisions to install type-approved OBM systems, as soon as they become available, so that they can take advantage of productivity reforms, according to the TCA. For example, in Victoria introduction of Higher Productivity Freight Vehicles (HPFVs) – and the opportunity to expand the HPFV network with greater payload capacities – is premised in the availability of type-approved OBM systems.

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