Queensland's transition to Smart On-Board Mass and Telematics Monitoring Application

About the changes

From 1 December 2022, Class 2 heavy vehicles currently operating under Queensland Interim On-Board Mass (OBM) and Higher Mass Limits (HML) in the Intelligent Access Program (IAP), and some specified Class 3 heavy vehicles with telematic requirements will need to transition to Smart OBM and Telematics Monitoring Application (TMA).

This transition will be phased in over an 18-month period. It will not be mandatory for existing enrolled Transport Operators to transition to TMA or Smart OBM immediately.Transport operators may choose to transition from 1 December 2022 onwards, based on operational and commercial considerations. However:

  • existing enrolments must be fully transitioned to TMA and Smart OBM by the end of the transitional period, on 1 June 2024
  • and
  • from 1 December 2022, new entrants may only enrol in Smart OBM and TMA.

This approach is intended to limit any potential adverse operational or commercial impacts to industry. IAP and Queensland interim OBM will continue to run concurrently during the transitional period for those already operating under those programs.

About Smart OBM and TMA

Smart OBM and TMA are Intelligent Transport Systems that have been certified by Transport Certification Australia. Smart OBM monitors the mass of a vehicle combination's axle groups, while TMA records data such as a heavy vehicle's position, time and speed. Smart OBM and TMA are critical tools for the Department of Transport and Main Roads as a road manager, and providers assurance around heavy vehicle access to the State road network.

Changes apply to these vehicles

The changes only apply to Class 2 and some specified Class 3 vehicles that are currently subject to telematic requirements. This is a 'like for like' transition. There are no additional requirements being imposed. Only a change to which types of telematics applications are used.

The changes do not apply to Class 1 vehicles, such as special purpose vehicles. IAP will continue to be required for Class 1 vehicles.

Reasons for changing to Smart OBM and TMA

Smart OBM and TMA is a critical tool for Transport and Main Roads as a road manager and will provide ongoing access to telematics data. This is important to ensure continued heavy vehicle access to the road network under current access arrangements, and factor into potential additional access considerations in the future.

Smart OBM and TMA will also deliver potential cost savings and operational efficiencies to industry. It is also a key step towards national harmonisation, noting that several other Australian jurisdictions have already introduced this technology.

Benefits of Smart OBM and TMA

The transition to Smart OBM and TMA will deliver a range of benefits, including:

  • continued access to Queensland's State road network for Class 2 and some specified Class 3 heavy vehicles currently subject to telematic requirements
  • cross border efficiencies and a key step towards national harmonisation, noting several other Australian jurisdictions have already implemented this technology
  • potential operational efficiencies and cost savings to industry
  • transition of Smart OBM scale calibration requirements to align with manufacturer's specifications, resulting in a potential change from a 6-monthly to 12-monthly calibration schedule
  • delivery of a richer telematics data-set, providing Transport and Main Roads with greater oversight over how heavy vehicles are used on the road network, which will be an important driver in assessing access to the road network options in the future.

Transition period details

The transitional period is 18 months, starting on 1 December 2022 and ending on 1 June 2024.

Class 2 and some specified Class 3 heavy vehicles subject to telematic requirements must be fully transitioned to TMA and Smart OBM by 1 June 2024 to continue to operate on State controlled roads in Queensland.

How to change to Smart OBM and/or TMA

Your chosen application service provider (ASP) can provide information about enrolling in Smart OBM and TMA.

Read the information on approved suppliers.

You can read further information on TMA and Smart OBM systems on the TCA website.

Cancel IAP or Queensland Interim OBM

If you are currently enrolled in IAP or Queensland Interim OBM, you will need to cancel your enrolment after enrolling in TMA and Smart OBM.

To cancel IAP or Queensland Interim OBM enrolments, contact Transport and Main Roads at IAPAdmin@tmr.qld.gov.au.

Equipment requirements

In many cases, current In-Vehicle Units (IVU) and OBM scales are already compatible with TMA and Smart OBM. However, transport operators should check with their ASP and OBM equipment provider to confirm. If new equipment is required, this will need to be arranged with the respective ASP and OBM equipment provider.

Costs

In most cases, the operating costs of TMA are less than IAP, resulting in potential cost savings to transport operators.

OBM calibration requirements will also change to align with the Manufacturer's specification. Where a manufacturer allows for 12-monthly calibrations (instead of the current 6-monthly requirement), transport operators may see additional operational efficiencies and cost savings. Transport operators should check with their OBM equipment provider to confirm calibration schedules.

Smart OBM and TMA costs may vary, depending on the ASP and Smart OBM equipment provider. Costs may also depend on whether existing IVUs and OBM scales are compatible with TMA and Smart OBM, or if new equipment is required.

Transport operators should check with their ASP and OBM equipment provider to confirm equipment requirements and costs.

Permit requirements

You will not need to apply for a new permit. All existing permits will be amended to allow for the transition.

Any new permits issued from 1 December 2022 will include Smart OBM and/or TMA as an access condition where required.

Additional access to the road network after transition

Smart OBM and TMA will deliver a richer data-set, providing Transport and Main Roads with more oversight over how heavy vehicles are used on the road network. This will ensure greater ability to consider access options in the future.

Contact

IAP Hotline: 1300 753 427

Email: iapadmin@tmr.qld.gov.au