Buy­ers be­ware

ABC (Australia) - - AT THE HELM -

is the mes­sage and a cau­tion­ary warn­ing for all op­er­a­tors who have heard the ‘ wives tale’ cir­cu­lat­ing the in­dus­try when it comes to op­er­at­ing ve­hi­cles that are more than 2.5 me­tres wide, the le­gal ADR re­quire­ment. The only way ve­hi­cles over 2.5m can op­er­ate is if they are per­for­mance-based stan­dard (PBS) ap­proved. There is no per­mit. A man­u­fac­turer has to get these ve­hi­cles PBS ap­proved. And af­ter that there is no guar­an­tee they can op­er­ate, as gain­ing ac­cess to the road net­work in each state or ter­ri­tory is not au­to­matic. In fact, no govern­ment is pro­vid­ing gen­eral ac­cess rights to any bus over 2.5m wide, and are un­likely to.

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