[LINK] Monitoring of vehicles

Birch, Jim Jim.Birch at dhhs.tas.gov.au
Wed Feb 2 12:20:34 AEDT 2011

Alex (Maxious) Sadleir wrote:

> "The RAPID system now operates from three specially designed vehicles
and will also be used to identify vehicles owned by suspended or
unlicensed drivers, and vehicles associated with persons wanted on

The federal dept of transport were looking at these kind of systems some
time back (90's, I think) for tracking trucks, so that road
re-construction costs could be charged back to the actual road
destroyers, which is basically heavy road transport.  Road damage is
approximately proportional to the 5th power of axle weight.   They also
considered putting a satellite position recording box in every truck.
Picking up high risk drivers who hadn't taken sleep breaks was another
spin-off (pardon the expression.)  AFAIK the outcome is was that it was
technologically feasible, but not politically viable.  

- Jim


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