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A review of the Performance Based Standards (PBS) scheme and its operating marketplace.

Assessing the effectiveness of the PBS marketplace and identifying barriers to vehicle design innovation

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Purpose

The NTC is assessing the effectiveness of the Performance Based Standards (PBS) scheme, as well as the impacts of government intervention and blueprinting of PBS designs, to find new ways of improving the scheme.

 This project will investigate:

  1. whether the PBS scheme is meeting its original policy intent
  2. whether the scheme itself contains barriers to operating as an effective marketplace for the development, sale and commercialisation of innovative vehicles
  3. the productivity, safety and environmental impacts of the scheme, and
  4. whether there are any worthwhile improvements to the system (including the potential removal of any unnecessary market barriers or administrative costs).

Next steps

This is a two year project. The approach will be co-designed with industry associations, jurisdictions and the NHVR. We will send out a consultation paper over the next few weeks to publish our research and set out a draft method. We will then undertake consultation with stakeholders to finalise the scope and method for the project.

Have your say

We’re seeking industry input to find new ways of improving the PBS scheme and its operating marketplace.

The NTC recently ran a workshop to determine the performance measures needed to assess the effectiveness of scheme, and to identify data and information requirements for the next phase of the project.

Some data will be provided by the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator and state and territory road agencies.

We have also developed a survey to get information from key PBS and non-PBS heavy vehicle industry groups such as the PBS assessors and certifiers, heavy vehicle manufacturers and freight operators.

Let us know how to improve the PBS scheme and its operating marketplace:

After a complete assessment of the PBS scheme, the final recommendations will be put to TISOC for approval in March 2018 after which an implementation plan will be prepared in consultation with the jurisdictions and the NHVR.

Background

The PBS scheme aims to improve heavy vehicle productivity and safety. Operating since 2007, the scheme has approved more than 2,500 innovative heavy vehicles that are safer, more productive and more efficient in moving freight. However, it is unclear how effective the PBS scheme is at addressing the problem it was introduced to address since it has not been comprehensively reviewed so far. Feedback from existing PBS customers and government authorities suggests there may be worthwhile improvements to the PBS marketplace.

Get involved

Contact us

Project Manager Sri Kannan
Email skannan@ntc.gov.au
Last Updated: 16/1/2017