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.


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