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Australia’s trucking industry will reap the full benefits of performance based standards (PBS) and avoid costly, lengthy processes under options being considered by the National Transport Commission (NTC).

Maximising the benefits of Performance Based Standards for Australia’s truck operators

29 August 2014


Australia’s trucking industry will reap the full benefits of performance based standards (PBS) and avoid costly, lengthy processes under options being considered by the National Transport Commission (NTC).

CEO of the NTC Paul Retter said that the NTC’s discussion paper, Access to PBS mass limits for truck and trailer combinations, released today, asks the transport industry to share their expertise on how to maximise access to PBS productivity benefits, cut red tape and reduce the administrative burden on everyone.

“This is a further opportunity to save time and money. Under these proposals we can cut red tape and get safer vehicles on our roads. This means more goods can move more efficiently which is good news for consumers,” Mr Retter said.

The PBS scheme aims to encourage the uptake of more productive vehicle designs without sacrificing safety requirements. The discussion paper released today examines if prescriptive designs for six and seven-axle truck and trailer combinations can deliver greater efficiencies, by allowing vehicles that are not currently PBS-certified under the HVNL but do meet the requirements of the current PBS regulations, to travel with same mass limits as PBS approved vehicles.

“Of the four options we are considering, our preliminary research suggests that making PBS-compliant blueprints and specifications more easily accessible is our greatest opportunity to save industry time and money,” Mr Retter said.

“The scheme has set safety and infrastructure performance standards, but Australia’s transport industry has told us that the uptake has been slowed by the lengthy, costly process of getting a PBS vehicle blueprint approved, built and certified.

“Since establishing the Heavy Vehicle National Law (HVNL), there are clearer access rights and applications and certifications have got quicker, but we know we can unlock greater savings. This project aims to realise the scheme’s full potential.

“To do this we need to first draw on the wealth of knowledge and experience that exists to set the prescribed requirements and test the viability of the options. We need to hear from engineers, manufacturers, operators, road agencies and drivers so we can all get the most out of the scheme in the future.”

To download the paper or to provide feedback on the proposed options visit our submissions page. Submissions close on 28 October 2014.

Last Updated: 18/11/2016