A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) has been signed between Transport Certification Australia (TCA) and Swedish Transport Administration, Trafikverket to trial Australia’s Intelligent Access Program (IAP) in Sweden.
Responsible for managing and planning Sweden’s transport system for road, rail, maritime and air traffic, the MoU lays the groundwork for a pilot of Australia’s IAP in the Scandinacian country. The IAP is a system that uses the Global Navigation Satellite System to monitor heavy vehicles’ road use.
According to Anders Berndtsson of Trafikverket, the IAP has potential to achieve productivity, safety and environmental gains in Sweden. “We led a Swedish delegation to Australia late last year to learn how the IAP worked and were very impressed with what had been accomplished,” he said.
We met with a variety of stakeholders from across the transport and logistics sectors, including transport operators, peak bodies, governments and technology providers. With each meeting it became clearer that the IAP offered a ready-built, smart, cost effective and innovative solution for more efficiently utilising existing road infrastructure in Sweden.”
Berndtsson also added that the MoU formally puts in place a foundation for ongoing collaboration, which will help develop a long-term strategic partnership between Trafikverket and TCA.
TCA CEO Chris Koniditsiotis acknowledged the substantial progress that Sweden had made towards achieving safety, efficiency and environmental targets across its transport and logistics sectors.
“The MoU between Trafikverket and TCA represents an important opportunity for sharing knowledge, skills and capabilities that will contribute to enhanced productivity, efficiency, safety and environmental performance in the field of heavy vehicles,” he said. “We are committed to working together with the common interest of attaining new knowledge and building stronger relations between Australia and Sweden.”