PBS units are on the increase
New truckand-trailer combos are proving a hit
AUSTRALIA’S appetite for modern technology that matches heavy vehicles to a specific task has grown to 17 per cent of all new heavy vehicles, according to recent findings.
NHVR CEO Sal Petroccitto said the joint report by the Australian Road Transport Suppliers Association (ARTSA) and the NHVR into the Performance Based Standards (PBS) scheme showed the significant penetration of PBS-approved vehicles into the Australian market.
“The PBS scheme has developed into a world-leading program for which the entire Australian heavy vehicle industry can be very proud,” Mr Petroccitto said.
“It’s led to improved safety outcomes such as 46 per cent fewer crashes than conventional vehicles, per kilometres travelled and major productivity gains – saving more than 320 million truck kilometres travelled on Australian roads between 2014 and 2017.”
The joint ARTSA-NHVR report titled Performance Base Standards – Australia’s PBS Fleet shows:
■ 60 trailer manufacturers and 22 truck manufacturers have built a PBS-approved unit in the past decade
■ 17 per cent of new heavy vehicles manufactured in 2017 were PBS approved
■ 55 per cent of all PBS approved combinations are truck and dogs
■ The median age of the PBS fleet is 3.6 years, compared to average age of the heavy vehicle fleet at 12.2 years
ARTSA chairman Dr Peter Hart said the data showed what could be achieved when manufacturers, government and operators worked closely together.
“The fact that almost one in six heavy vehicles manufactured in 2017 is PBS is a credit to our industry’s willingness to embrace new technology and designs,” Dr Hart said.
The design, manufacture and operation of a PBS vehicle involves considerable investment, but more and more operators are choosing that path because the benefits that PBS vehicles deliver to their business warrants that additional investment.
“PBS is a good example of regulators setting clear parameters for industry to follow and allowing industry to do the rest,” Mr Petroccitto said.
“There are clear winners all round from this process, including safety and environmental benefits for the community and performance benefits for industry.”
A massive B-quad built by Southern Cross Trailers and unveiled at the recent Forbes Harvest Field Day is a classic example of the success of the PBS scheme.
National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) chief engineer Les Bruzsa said this B-quad offered significant productivity gains over a traditional Type 1 road train.
It’s also also the first to be approved under the PBS high productivity scheme on public roads, with a general mass limit (GML) of 103 tonnes and a higher mass limit (HML) of 105.5 tonnes.
TRAILER SUCCESS: New combos like this impressive B-quad unveiled in Forbes prove the success of the PBS scheme.
PROUDLY MANUFACTURED AND BUILT IN SOUTH AUSTRALIA SINCE 1986