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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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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

The NTC recently concluded a survey which sought information from governments and industry regarding the current state of PBS marketplace and potential improvement opportunities.

This information will now be used to complete a detailed review of the PBS scheme, as well as a quantification study of the PBS scheme’s benefits and impacts.

The outcomes of the review will be published in a discussion paper for public consultation by mid-2017. After consultation closes, the draft recommendations will be finalised and put to TISOC for approval in March 2018 after which an implementation plan will be prepared in consultation with the jurisdictions and the NHVR.


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.

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Project Manager Sri Kannan
Last Updated: 13/2/2017