A major Australian
transport company has recently been denied access to the PBS level 1 road network in a major state because the single rigid PerformanceBased Standards (PBS) truck did not have a trailer, Dogs&Chains understands. The permit that was used in Victoria, Western Australia and the ACT was no longer good enough for NSW. The permit expired early this year. To access the PBS 1 network, a rigid truck apparently needs a trailer! The truck was given access to the NSW main roads network but only after the vehicle had sat against the fence for four months. For a nation that wants a lot more urban PBS vehicles operating, this is not a good start for Australia. Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) recently failed to renew the Aussie Post 12.85-metre single rigid truck permit travelling Canberra to Bega, the permit expired in 2018 and the truck has been idle for four months! Why? Because there is no provision for a PBS rigid vehicle that is not in combination with a trailer to get any access anywhere in NSW. Single PBS rigids are not on the list of PBS trucks. The ACT did not have a problem. Sigh.