PBS scheme is up­dated

New chart and book­let now on­line

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THE NHVR has re­leased a new PBS Ve­hi­cle Con­fig­u­ra­tions chart show­ing 32 com­mon com­bi­na­tions ap­proved un­der the Per­for­mance Based Stan­dards scheme.

NHVR CEO Sal Petroc­citto launched the chart and a new book­let PBS: A guide for road man­agers ahead of a two-day meeting of 70 lo­cal govern­ment en­gi­neers in Bris­bane.

“Heavy ve­hi­cles ap­proved un­der the PBS scheme are con­tin­u­ing to use newer tech­nol­ogy and safety fea­tures and it’s cru­cial that those who are mak­ing de­ci­sions about net­work ac­cess un­der­stand the ben­e­fits of these high-tech in­no­va­tions,” Mr Petroc­citto said.

“PBS-ap­proved heavy ve­hi­cles will make up al­most one-in-five new ve­hi­cles built in Aus­tralia this year and are now a sig­nif­i­cant part of Aus­tralia’s heavy ve­hi­cle fleet.

“The ma­te­rial re­leased to­day pro­vides road man­agers with ro­bust and de­tailed in­for­ma­tion about the PBS ap­proval process and the type of safety fea­tures that are com­mon. It will as­sist them to make in­formed de­ci­sions about which ve­hi­cles can safely ac­cess their lo­cal roads, in­ter­sec­tions and bridges.”

PBS: A guide for road man­agers com­ple­ments the chart, pro­vid­ing more de­tailed in­for­ma­tion and ex­am­ples to as­sist road man­agers bet­ter un­der­stand the ben­e­fits of PBS ve­hi­cles on the road net­work.

Mr Petroc­citto said there were 16,000 sep­a­rate PBS-reg­is­tered trucks, trail­ers and buses that make up the 7000 PBS-ap­proved com­bi­na­tions in Aus­tralia.

“PBS com­bi­na­tions are usu­ally de­signed for a spe­cific task,” he said. “They are in­no­va­tion lead­ers across our fleet, re­duc­ing heavy ve­hi­cle ac­ci­dents, the num­ber of trips and im­pact on roads and bridges.

“The com­plex­ity of PBS ac­cess per­mit ap­pli­ca­tions can cause de­lays in the de­ci­sion mak­ing process, so it’s im­por­tant that we con­tinue to pro­vide road man­agers with in­for­ma­tion.”

The PBS Ve­hi­cle Con­fig­u­ra­tions chart and the book­let PBS: A guide for road man­agers are avail­able at www.nhvr.gov.au/ pub­li­ca­tions.

PHOTO: CONTRIBUTED

NEW COM­BOS: There are 16,000 reg­is­tered trucks, trail­ers and buses that make up 7000 PBS-ap­proved com­bi­na­tions.

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