What should a telematics review consider?
A GOVERNMENT review of telematics must consider more says the Australian Logistics Council.
The industry body wants the review to also consider the technology's influence on heavy vehicle safety and the control of speeding.
The review by the National Transport Commission (NTC) into the use of telematics currently examines adoption rates, barriers to adoption and the governance and legislative arrangements.
However ALC Managing Director Michael Kilgariff says it is important that the parameters of the review are not drawn so narrowly.
The Council instead hopes to encourage active consideration into other benefits of telematics, in terms of enhancing road safety and boosting national productivity.
"Industry has consistently told the NTC and other government bodies that mandatory use of telematics is essential to driving efficiency and safety improvements in the heavy vehicle sector," Mr Kilgariff said.
"Moreover, employing technologies like vehicle telematics to progress important national economic reforms, such as cost-reflective road pricing, has previously been recommended by both the Productivity Commission and the Harper Review of Competition Policy."
"Discussion about making more effective use of telematics has been ongoing for a number of years, and during that time the technology available to industry has become both more reliable and more accessible, as the price of telematics equipment falls."
"Industry is grasping the nettle when it comes to telematics. Now is the time for regulators and statutory bodies to do likewise."
"Accordingly, the NTC's review of regulatory telematics should explore the full range of economic benefits available to industry and the economy, by ensuring the review fully considers the application of telematics to matters such as speeding compliance and land transport market reform," he said.