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Obtaining Type-Approval of On-Board Mass (OBM) Systems

Type-approval of an on-board mass (OBM) system is the process that TCA uses to determine:

  • if an applicant is suitable from a probity, financial and commercial perspective to have its OBM system type-approved by TCA, and
  • whether an OBM system presented by the applicant meets the functional and technical requirements set out in the On-Board Mass System Functional and Technical Specification.

An applicant must meet all of the prudential, financial, technical and functional requirements necessary to achieve type-approval of its OBM system.

Applying for type-approval of an OBM system

Applicants can apply for type-approval by contacting TCA.

The On-Board Mass System Guideline for Type-Approval details the four-stage process that applicants will progress through with TCA to obtain type-approval.

TCA recovers the costs associated with each stage of type-approval of an OBM system from applicants, as detailed below.

Stages of type-approval of an OBM system

Stages 1 and 2Application and checklist $10,000 (excl GST)
Stage 3Risk-focused review and testing  $25,000 (excl GST)
Stage 4Type-approval $5,000 (excl GST)

Certificates of Conformance

Once type-approval has been obtained, the applicant will issue a Certificate of Conformance with each type-approved OBM system supplied to consumers.

Each Certificate of Conformance is valued at $20 (excl. GST), and is payable by the applicant.

TCA reserves the right to adjust the costs associated with type-approval and Certificates of Conformance.