PBS pre-ap­proval trial a suc­cess, says NHVR

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THE SIX-MONTH TRIAL of de­sign ap­provals for cer­tain Per­for­mance Based Stan­dards (PBS) com­bi­na­tions has been suc­cess­ful, the Na­tional Heavy Ve­hi­cle Reg­u­la­tor (NHVR) states.

The trial in­volved try­ing out a “sim­pli­fied” de­sign ap­proval process for six- and seven-axle truck-and-dog com­bi­na­tions by the PBS panel.

Re­sults of the trial showed re­duced ad­min­is­tra­tive bur­den on heavy-ve­hi­cle op­er­a­tors and man­u­fac­tur­ers, NHVR CEO Sal Petroc­citto says.

“Dur­ing the trial we saw turn­around times for 33 de­sign ap­provals re­duce from an av­er­age of five weeks down to three busi­ness days, which is a sig­nif­i­cant ben­e­fit for op­er­a­tors and man­u­fac­tur­ers,” he says.

“These ap­pli­ca­tions ac­count for 30 per cent of all PBS de­sign ap­proval ap­pli­ca­tions and 50 per cent of all new truck-and-dog ap­pli­ca­tions.

“Based on the suc­cess of the truckand-dog com­bi­na­tion trial, we will now look at a more sim­pli­fied ap­proval process for other pop­u­lar ve­hi­cle types, in­clud­ing semi­trailer com­bi­na­tions and B-dou­bles.”

NHVR says as many as 1403 PBS com­bi­na­tions were ap­proved in 2016- 17, a rise of 23 per cent on 2015-16.

“We be­lieve it is im­por­tant to give in­dus­try and road man­agers cer­tainty about our plans for the PBS scheme,” Petroc­citto says.

“As part of our con­tin­u­ous im­prove­ment process sev­eral ar­eas of the scheme would be re­viewed in­clud­ing the cer­ti­fi­ca­tion process, tech­nol­ogy ad­vances and the tran­si­tion from the PBS to reg­u­la­tion.

“Over the next decade I en­vis­age a PBS scheme that ... will oper­ate un­der a cer­ti­fi­ca­tion and stan­dards frame­work that has evolved sig­nif­i­cantly.”

The PBS scheme of­fers the heavyve­hi­cle in­dus­try op­tions to achieve higher pro­duc­tiv­ity and safety through new and op­ti­mised ve­hi­cle de­sign.

The cur­rent scheme was im­ple­mented by the Na­tional Trans­port Com­mis­sion in 2007 and has been op­er­ated by the NHVR since 2013.

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