Introducing Smart OBM and Telematics Monitoring Platform in Victoria

The Victoria Government is updating the telematics requirements for high-productivity freight vehicles (HPFV) to include smart on-board mass (OBM) systems. It is also offering an alternative to Intelligent Access Program (IAP) for HPFV and mobile crane operators.

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The changes will broaden HPFV access to the network, deliver easier first-and-last-kilometre approval and reduce the need for permits, as well as provide greater protection for Victoria’s roads and bridges.

The changes will also give Victorian HPFV and mobile crane operators the option of upgrading to the new Telematics Monitoring Application (TMA) in lieu of IAP.

What is smart OBM?

Smart OBM systems generate mass data from vehicles in a standardised format which is collected by an Application Service Provider (ASP). ASPs are certified to supply these services through the National Telematics Framework, a government- endorsed digital business platform.

Information on approved suppliers can be found at https//tca.gov.au/smart-obm-systems/#smart-obm-table.

Transition period

Operators have until 1 November 2021 to install type approved smart OBM systems to their HPFVs. After this date, vehicles without smart OBM will not have access to the HPFV network.

How do I sign up to smart OBM?

The National Heavy Vehicle Regulator has updated its IAP form to include enrolment for smart OBM and TMA. The form can be found here.

What if I can’t meet the November 1 due date?

Provided you can show evidence of when your OBM system will be fitted, you can continue to operate on the network until that date. 

Exemptions will also be granted where evidence can be furnished showing the operator’s current OBM provider is undertaking accreditation through TCA’s type-approval process.

What if I already have an OBM system?

Check with your OBM supplier to see whether your existing OBM can be upgraded to smart OBM.

Why the move to smart OBM?

Smart OBM will give road managers better data on how the network is being used by HPFV.

By more easily identifying those bridges and structures doing the most work, smart OBM will aid in making more targeted investment decisions about the road network.

Smart OBM will also be an important driver of the decision to transition HPFV networks from pre- approved to a new gazette notice.

This will allow HPFVs to operate on the HPFV network without the need for a permit.

The rollout of smart OBM is also critical to Victoria’s plans to expand access for new HPFV configurations like B-triples and A-B triples.

Smart OBM availability

Four major suppliers have OBM systems type- approved by TCA. Other OBM suppliers are being progressed through the type-approval process.

Do I need to calibrate smart OBM?

OBM systems must be kept calibrated to meet access conditions. Your supplier will have a regular calibration schedule and can help you with keeping your OBM system calibrated.

Transport operators can also calibrate their own equipment provided they adhere to the manufacturer’s requirements.

What is TMA?

To coincide with the move to smart OBM, operators of HPFV and mobile cranes are being offered an alternative to IAP.

TMA is an application that monitors the location, time and identity of vehicles on the network. HPFV operators upgrading to TMA get the optional mass- monitoring feature which links to smart OBM.

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What if I want to stick with IAP?

The change from IAP to TMA is entirely optional1. HPFVs will be allowed to access the gazetted network so long as they have smart OBM linked to either application.

The Department of Transport acknowledges that there will be operators who will prefer IAP and the application will remain as an option for the foreseeable future.

Further information on TMA and Smart OBM systems can be found on the TCA website.

What if I still have questions?

Further enquiries can be directed to [email protected]

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