National Operating Standard

National Operating Standard – Case Study

Mandatory Telematics Through The National Operating Standard Promotes Safety and Compliance

Australia’s Heavy Vehicle National Law should:

  • encourage and embrace the use of technology for safety and access purposes; and
  • ensure operators have suitable safety management systems in place and the capital necessary to ensure the safe operation of heavy vehicles.

The Australian Logistics Council (ALC) says that collecting information with telemetric equipment  through adopting a National Operating Standard into the Heavy Vehicle National Law (HVNL) will help improve safety and compliance for heavy vehicle operators.

An important element of the standard would be a requirement for operators to collect and keep specified pieces of information using telemetric equipment and services compatible with standards and performance outcomes recognised through the National Telematics Framework.[1]

  • knowing where vehicles are and the routes taken
  • being able to accurately tell motor vehicles repairers and others the location of a broken-down vehicle
  • being able to identify practices that can be improved to improve productivity, such as reducing the amount of idling in vehicles
  • having reliable and accurate information available to ensure HVNL compliance and to be able to produce records to prove it


ALC members advise that for around $2500 (for hardware) plus around $30-$50 a month service fee, a compliant unit can be obtained that can provide:

  1. safety and efficiency compliance with NHVAS mass, maintenance and fatigue modules;
  2. electronic work diaries and electronic fit for duty declarations
  3. integration with on board weighing systems, electronic braking systems, transport/freight management systems, distraction monitoring services and cameras
  4. applications to calculate Fuel Tax credits, location and speed monitoring, trailer tracking and driver navigation services
  5. assistance in fuel management and the production of engine information.


Carrying equipment that complies with the National Telematics Framework will also facilitate participation in access schemes such as the NSW Safety, Productivity and Environment Construction Transport scheme (SPECTS), for Oversize Overmass (OSOM) movements and the Port Botany Container Transportation Mass Exemption program that will allow operators carry more freight, or do so more efficiently and productively, if they are prepared to provide data to road owners and regulators through structured arrangements which:

  • manage privacy requirements
  • protect the commercial value of data,
  • limiting access to the data through the use of transparent consent mechanisms.


The voluntary provision information for access to routes is the way of the future. The ability should be facilitated now.



The requirement can be scaled to the size of the business. The technology is affordable and available. It delivers significant safety and efficiency benefits. It is time that telematics became part of a common, legally enforceable, benchmark for all.


[1] A digital business platform consisting of infrastructure and rules that support an open marketplace of telematics and related intelligent technology providers. For further information see:

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