Combating vehicle overloading in PNG

 

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Project summary

Heavy vehicle overloading remains a high priority across the Asia-Pacific region. A 2011 Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) study estimated that there were 420,000 fatalities and injuries every year because of heavy vehicle accidents across its member economies. 

At the APEC Transport Working Group in Port Moresby in April 2016, Papua New Guinea (PNG) announced that, with support from Australia, it would produce a regulatory toolkit to address overloading and poor loading of road vehicles. 

VicRoads International was engaged to manage this project which included facilitating the Overloaded Heavy Vehicle Industry Workshop in April 2018 in Lae, PNG’s second largest city. The two-day workshop, attended by more than 30 participants representing PNG regulators and the transport industries, had three key objectives:

  • Develop a shared understanding of what causes vehicle overloading
  • Gain insight into the safety, social, environmental, and economic impacts of the problem
  • Explore solutions that will form part of a strategic approach to combat vehicle overloading.

Project outcomes

The workshop was significant in bringing together PNG’s regulators and transport industry representatives who haven’t met for over two decades.

As a result of the workshop, the two sectors have a newfound connection and established better ways of working to combat vehicle overloading. 

In the lead up to the workshop, VicRoads International worked with PNG, five other APEC economies, the Australian Department of Infrastructure and various Australian experts to develop a regulatory toolkit on vehicle overloading.

The regulatory toolkit provided a framework for the workshop and included five key areas to develop actions and consider solutions:

  • Leadership and capability training
  • Strategy and policy development
  • Data collection and analysis
  • Legislative review and reform
  • Communications and stakeholder engagement. 

The workshop established five working groups consisting of regulators and industry representatives, who will continue to work together on the strategy.

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