Transport Certification Australia (TCA) and Swedish Transport Administration, Trafikverket, have announced that the operational pilot of the Intelligent Access Program (IAP) in Sweden has now officially commenced.
“We see IAP and similar systems as possible instruments for better risk management, enabling us to open up a substantial part of the road network for new vehicle combinations. This will help us utilise our road network while reducing climate impact from road transports,” said Anders Berndtsson, Chief Strategist at Trafikverket.
The pilot of the IAP in Sweden – using certified Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) enabled telematics services to manage heavy vehicle access on the road network – follows the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between Trafikverket and TCA during 2012.
“The IAP utilises certified, evidentiary quality services performed by multiple private sector service providers. It enables road transport reforms by managing infrastructure risks and compliance, providing governments with the highest levels of assurance that the right truck is on the right road at the right time, and if required, to ensure the vehicle does not exceed gross speed thresholds,” said TCA Chief Executive Officer, Chris Koniditsiotis (pictured).
“I'm pleased to confirm that the first three vehicles involved in the Swedish Operational Pilot are obtaining their IAP services from Transtech Driven – one of the five IAP Service Providers certified by TCA in Australia, which provides IAP services to Australian transport operators.”
“The pilot is demonstrating how the IAP is able to increase access entitlements for High Capacity Transports on the Swedish road network, by ensuring that productivity, safety and environmental outcomes are advanced in unison.”
Since the signing of the MoU, TCA has worked closely with Trafikverket, and a consortium of stakeholders from Sweden including Transportstyrelsen (Swedish Transport Agency) Lund University, CLOSER, the forest research institute Skogforsk, and heavy vehicle manufacturers Scania and Volvo.