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Queensland Government Drones Use Policy
Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems commonly known as drones, are being used extensively by the Queensland Government to enhance business activities and service delivery. Drones are being used for a diverse range of applications including infrastructure assessment, survey and mapping, weed and pest management, emergency and disaster response, and law enforcement.
In support of the Queensland Drones Strategy (QDS) released in June 2018 with a vision for Queensland to be a world leader in drone technology and application, TMR is drafting a Queensland Government Drones Use Policy (QGDUP).
The whole-of-government QGDUP was identified as a key action under the QDS objective to improve government service delivery. When finalised, the QGDUP will provide the government’s overarching policy for the use of drones and establish a high-level policy framework that guides Queensland Government agencies and employees on the safe, respectful, accountable and innovative use of drones.
TMR is developing the QGDUP in collaboration with Queensland Government agencies and with the Civil Aviation Safety Authority.
The QGDUP will provide agencies with a platform to build a professional and transparent drone use culture that acknowledges the value of drones as a business tool and supports the growing application of drone technology to government service delivery.
It provides a further important step in shaping TMR’s role in the emerging drones sector including the future application of drones to the transport.
Figure 12: Queensland Government Drones Use Policy Framework and broader policy context
Transport inspectors improve work practices
TMR has partnered with Workplace Health and Safety Queensland (WHSQ) to minimise incidents associated with vehicle loading cranes (VLCs), commonly known as crane trucks.
This campaign is in response to several incidents and fatalities which occurred on Queensland roads from 2013–18 involving VLCs.
In June 2018, TMR Inspectors were trained to identify faulty VLC stabiliser locking mechanisms and complete the VLC Assessment check list supplied by WHSQ. Any vehicle fitted with a non-compliant VLC would be issued a deffect notice requiring the operator to have the issues rectified.
During the 2018–19 financial year, 1344 vehicles fitted with VLCs have been checked and 231 vehicles were found to be non-compliant with the standards.
Electrical maintenance contract with local councils
Since 2009, RoadTek’s Gold Coast Operations have successfully delivered Logan City Council’s Electrical Maintenance contract, encompassing 120 traffic signals and 83 Portable Speed Advisory Signs across 11 council divisions.
A key part of the team’s contract is delivering preventative and maintenance activities, as the relationship has progressed, and the team are now recognised as a trusted advisor to the Council in supporting their ongoing electrical maintenance needs.
The teams proactive and transparent approach to managing expectations and developing design and process improvements has been recognised by Logan City Council, with the 2018 customer survey recording a perfect score (5 out of 5).
RoadTek electricians using departmental knowledge and experience to improve the local government electrical assets.
Historic motorbike registration fee reduction
From 1 July 2018, the department reduced the registration fee for historic motorcycles to $34.20. This represents a saving of $60.75, and it is expected that it will save owners of historic motorcycles approximately $274,000 over three years.
This change followed representations from historic motorcycle groups that historic motorcycle owners should receive the same reduced rate of registration concession enjoyed by owners of historic passenger vehicles. Historic passenger vehicle owners receive a concession of more than 70 per cent compared to the full standard registration fee, whereas the concession benefit for historic motorcycles was approximately 15 per cent.
The new historic motorcycle fee is calculated using the same methodology applied to historic light motor vehicles.
Brisbane Urban Corridor and use of Automatic Number Plate Recognition technology
The Brisbane Urban Corridor (BUC) is a high-volume route that connects Archerfield to Wishart via Granard Road, Riawena Road, Kessels Road and part of Mt Gravatt-Capalaba Road. Following the raising of significant community concerns, TMR undertook to restrict the BUC to heavy vehicles that do not have a local destination. To identify heavy vehicles ignoring this restriction, Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) technology was deployed along the route.
In line with government election commitments, TMR has increased law enforcement activities to prevent illegal use of the BUC. This includes using ANPR to issue 109 Penalty Infringement Notices (from 1 January to 30 April 2019) to heavy vehicle operators who unlawfully accessed the BUC.
Transport Enabling Charities Policy
In December 2017, TMR released the Transport Enabling Charities Policy (TEC) and established the Program Fund.
The TEC Policy enables the department to help eligible charitable organisations fulfil development approval conditions that require works to state transport infrastructure. TMR does this by funding 50 per cent of the total costs and undertaking the works for the charity.
Since the introduction of the program the department has supported two charities to undertake works. The funding has enabled the charities to continue to deliver important community services while ensuring road safety is enhanced.
For more information on Transport Enabling Charities Policy