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TCA announces changes to telematics requirements across Australia

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Transport Certification Australia has published a list of upcoming changes to telematics requirements across the nation for heavy vehicle drivers and operators.

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Announced via a press release on March 18, the changes include the closure of the 3G network on June 30, 2024, as well as changes to New South Wales’ and Queensland’s telematics requirements that come into effect on June 1, 2024.

According to the press release, the telecommunications companies Vodafone, Telstra, and Optus are shutting down their 3G networks, with Vodafone already closing and the latter two shutting their networks down on 30 June 2024 and 31 August 2024 respectively. Saying the changes will affect operators relying on telematics devices still using the 3G network, TCA says that, in order to remain legally compliant, companies need to ask their telematics providers to audit the devices in use and ensure compliance with TCA approved telematics devices.

Additionally, Queensland-based telematics users need to transition from the Intelligent Access Program to the Telematics Monitoring Application, and eligible vehicles need to transition from Queensland’s interim On Board Mass (OBM) to Smart OBM by June 1. The same also holds in New South Wales, except for eligible vehicles being able to choose whether or not they want to be enrolled in the Intelligent Access Program.

For both states, TCA is urging heavy vehicle operators to speak with a TCA-certified Telematics Monitoring Application service provider to enrol in the relevant TMA scheme, have a TCA-approved Smart On Board Mass system fitted to their vehicles if applicable, and cancel their enrolment in the Intelligent Access Program via the NHVR if necessary.

The full list of changes to telematics requirements and required actions can be read here for Queensland, and here for New South Wales.


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