A ma­jor Aus­tralian

Australian Transport News - - News -

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.

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