PBS hailed as suc­cess story

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Re­port says per­for­mance-based stan­dards has grown to 17 per cent of new fleet

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 a new re­port.

Na­tional Heavy Ve­hi­cle Reg­u­la­tor (NHVR) CEO Sal Petroc­citto says Per­for­mance Based Stan­dards –

Aus­tralia’s PBS Fleet, a joint re­port by the Aus­tralian Road Trans­port Sup­pli­ers As­so­ci­a­tion ( ARTSA) and the NHVR into the per­for­mance­based stan­dards ( PBS) scheme, shows the sig­nif­i­cant pen­e­tra­tion of PBS-ap­proved ve­hi­cles into the na­tional mar­ket.

“The PBS scheme has de­vel­oped into a world-lead­ing pro­gram for which the en­tire Aus­tralian heavy ve­hi­cle in­dus­try can be very proud,” Petroc­citto says.

“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 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 Peter Hart says the data showed what can be achieved when man­u­fac­tur­ers, govern­ment and op­er­a­tors work 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,” Hart says.

The or­gan­i­sa­tions view the de­sign, man­u­fac­ture and op­er­a­tion of a PBS ve­hi­cle as in­volv­ing a con­sid­er­able in­vest­ment but, de­spite that, in­creas­ing num­bers of op­er­a­tors are buy­ing in “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. There are clear win­ners all round from this process in­clud­ing safety and en­vi­ron­men­tal ben­e­fits for the com­mu­nity and per­for­mance ben­e­fits for in­dus­try,” Petroc­citto says.

In the re­port, ARTSA and the NHVR say they want to see fur­ther bar­ri­ers re­moved that po­ten­tially limit this in­no­va­tion to en­sure fu­ture gen­er­a­tions of PBS ve­hi­cles are safer, cleaner and even more pro­duc­tive.

They be­lieve that the cur­rent scheme frame­work can be im­proved to en­sure fu­ture growth and fully sup­port a cur­rent Na­tional Trans­port Com­mis­sion ( NTC) re­view of the scheme “to en­sure the next 10 years of the PBS story are as suc­cess­ful as the past decade”.

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