Dangerous Goods Movement Study

NatRoad attended a  Dangerous Goods Industry Workshop on 3 September 2019 to assist with the planning of a study about dangerous goods movements in Sydney.  This work will assist with any proposed reforms of the dangerous goods laws, including issues of access.

Transport for NSW (TfNSW) has been working to undertake a dangerous goods (DG) movement study that will help with collection of information.  A major issue identified at the workshop was the urgent need to identify and protect current/existing DG routes in metro Sydney, including:

  • Ensuring appropriate and adequate ‘first and last mile’ access through local government roads; and
  • Actions to ensure continued safe access through an increasingly congested road network that is being adversely affected by massive basin-wide redevelopment and urban consolidation, and local government efforts to ‘suburbanise’ previous light industrial/commercial sites and precincts.

To help solve the problems associated with these issues, Transport for NSW (TfNSW) has engaged the Australian Road Research Board (ARRB) to undertake a Dangerous Goods Movements Study consisting of these components:

  • Phase 1: To develop a functional process (methodology) for categorising and identifying DG road movements. An important part of  the study is the use of telematics data to identity DG movements. Telematics data will be strictly managed by Transport Certiciaction Australia (TCA) to ensure that the data is not traceable to companies that particpate to ensure commercial confidentiality and that individual operator movements are not able to be identified.
  • Phase 2: To determine the current DG road network in NSW generally, with a priority emphasis on the Sydney Greater Metropolitan Area (GMA), with the roads making up the network to be identified.

ARRB is working with TCA to obtain a sample of industry participants to help identify the movement of dangerous goods vehicle throughout the Sydney GMA using telematics data. Members who would be prepared to particpate should contact John Gordon,  Manager Strategic Development at Transport Certification Australia via phone (03) 8601 4600 or email  JohnG@tca.gov.au

NatRoad notes that members who get involved are ensured commercial confidentiality and the subsequent identification of individual vehicles, or even the company ownership of vehicles will not be disclosed.

TCA will be responsible for:

  • Setting out what data sets are required (as not all data collected through a telematics system is required for this activity) 
  • The collection, aggregation and anonymisation of those data sets from the sample group of industry participants
  • The production of draft network ‘heat maps’ – based on the telematics data sets obtained from the sample group of industry participants – which are expected to provide an insight on the volume of vehicle movements (from the sample group) throughout the Sydney GMA.

TCA will make available to particpating members free of charge their own individual data produced on a map so that the process will assist their journey planning and other planning issues.

Click on the link below to access

  • Consent form
  • TCA slides
  • Excel spreadsheet showing example data.