NTC seeks PBS mar­ket­place re­view in­put

NTC wants in­dus­try feed­back to im­prove the ef­fec­tive­ness of the scheme

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THE NA­TIONAL TRANS­PORT COM­MIS­SION (NTC) is seek­ing in­dus­try feed­back on per­for­mance­based stan­dards (PBS) to help im­prove the ef­fi­ciency and ef­fec­tive­ness of the scheme.

NTC has re­leased a dis­cus­sion pa­per, As­sess­ing the ef­fec­tive­ness of the PBS mar­ket­place and iden­ti­fy­ing bar­ri­ers

to ve­hi­cle de­sign in­no­va­tion, which in­cludes pre­lim­i­nary fi nd­ings from an eval­u­a­tion of the scheme and po­ten­tial ways to im­prove it.

It is the first com­pre­hen­sive eval­u­a­tion of the scheme, which was in­tro­duced as an al­ter­na­tive per­for­mance-based reg­u­la­tory sys­tem that could re­place the pre­scrip­tive method of us­ing mass and di­men­sion lim­its.

NTC chief ex­ec­u­tive Paul Ret­ter says the re­view aims to build on safety and pro­duc­tiv­ity gains as Aus­tralia’s freight task grows.

“Road freight is pro­jected to in­crease by 26 per cent in the next 10 years. PBS ve­hi­cles are well placed to as­sist in­dus­try and gov­ern­ment in cop­ing with this fore­casted growth,” he says.

“Since 2007, when the world-fi rst scheme started, PBS ve­hi­cles have been in­volved in fewer crashes, car­ried more freight with fewer trips, gen­er­ated lower emis­sions, and re­duced road main­te­nance ex­pen­di­ture.

“We need to con­tinue im­prov­ing the scheme to pro­mote greater up­take of these ve­hi­cles.”

Feed­back from this eval­u­a­tion will help feed into rec­om­men­da­tions that will be pre­sented to trans­port min­is­ters in May 2018.

Sub­mis­sions can be made un­til 5pm on Oc­to­ber 9 through the NTC web­site.

“PBS ve­hi­cles are well placed to as­sist in­dus­try and gov­ern­ment in cop­ing with fore­casted growth”

Paul Ret­ter

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