What is the IAP Program / Intelligent Access Program?
This is a complete guide to the IAP Program (Intelligent Access Program). Learn what the IAP Program is, and how to register for it.
IAP Program Video Overview
What is the IAP Program?
The IAP Program (Intelligent Access Program) is a voluntary program that provides transport operators with enhanced access to Australia’s road network, in return for monitoring and compliance with specific access conditions by vehicle telematics solutions. It enables the monitoring of heavy vehicle operations against conditions of access set by road managers or regulators.
The IAP is administered by Transport Certification Australia, on behalf of the road transport authorities of the state, territory and Commonwealth governments.
Vehicles are monitored using the GPS system, with telematics services and an in-vehicle unit (IVU).
The IVU is supplied and operated by an IAP service provider. These are private sector companies certified by Transport Certification Australia to provide IAP services. Data provided includes time, speed, location, and identity. Event reports can be automatically generated when a vehicle breaches specified conditions.
The full list of certified vendors as of April 2021 is –
Latest updates to this list can be found here.
Benefits of the IAP Program
Transport operators that participate in the IAP receive enhanced access to the road network, meaning they can carry heavier loads, do fewer trips, reduce operating costs and increase profitability. On the other hand, jurisdictions can have greater confidence vehicles are complying with the agreed access conditions. The IAP program’s data collection system enables jurisdictions to optimise road management policies, and reduce compliance costs.
In simple terms, the IAP program makes sure that the right vehicle is on the right road at the right time.
Higher Mass Limits (HML)
Participation in the Higher Mass Limits (HML) scheme enables a significant increase in the productivity of road freight vehicles. It allows certain heavy vehicles to access additional mass entitlements (carry heavier loads). For roads in Qld, NSW and Vic, the vehicle must be registered in the IAP program. In addition –
- If running HML on tri-axle groups they must be accredited under the Mass Management Module of the National Heavy Vehicle Accreditation Scheme (NHVAS), with an accreditation label fitted to the hauling unit
- Vehicles must be fitted with certified road friendly suspension
- Vehicles must be on an authorised HML route
Cranes and Overmass
The IAP is a requirement for some special purpose vehicles, including cranes, in Victoria, NSW and Queensland.
Performance Based Standards Scheme
The Performance Based Standards Scheme is a NHVR program to encourage vehicle owners to propose innovative vehicle designs to improve efficiency and minimise impact on the roads and the environment. These vehicles are normally only allowed to be used within specified roads and thus the NHVR may require IAP participation for monitoring purposes.
How to Register for the IAP Program
New Permits Under a New Scheme
If a road manager requires IAP program registration as a condition of a new permit, the fleet manager will be notified by the NVHR. If they choose to proceed they must enroll in the program, and install a certified tracking system.
For renewal of permits that require the IAP program, the application must be made to the NHVR. For renewal of IAC (intelligent Access Condition), fleet managers should renew directly in the relevant state.
New Permits Under an Existing Scheme
If the IAP program is required for an existing scheme and the NHVR is aware of that, they will advise the fleet operator. The operator is then required to enroll in the program, and install a certified tracking system.
If the fleet manager decides to cancel their enrollment they must also cancel any permits that require IAP program enrollment. It is illegal to operate a vehicle without compliance to the permit
Future of the IAP Program
The IAP program was not a simple incremental step in the reform process. It was a complete paradigm shift in the way the regulator and the operator can do business.
When the IAP program was originally designed, its primary purpose was to enable improved and enhanced access to the road network for transport operators. However, the IAP program platform was also designed to support other regulatory and commercial uses, such as things that would improve safety, productivity, and provide a sustainable and secure road network for all users.
The IAP program can support the current and future telematics business needs of jurisdictions, and provide a nationally agreed and industry compatible –
- Policy and regulatory framework
- Functional and technical platform
- Operational environment
- Commercial setting
The IAP program brings jurisdictions, government departments, telematics providers, and the transport industry together as never before, establishing a collaborative environment to enhance Australia’s road industry and infrastructure.
BY MATTHEW PEARSON - IAP PROGRAM EXPERT
LAST UPDATED 26 APRIL 2021
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