UPCOMING REVIEW INTO PBS TYRES
The National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) has appointed independent road safety expert Dr John de Pont to lead a review of PBS tyre standards and operations.
NHVR CEO Sal Petroccitto says the review will examine the marketplace to identify the best practice approach for the management of tyres within the PBS scheme.
“Almost one-in-five new heavy vehicles built in Australia this year will be approved under the PBS scheme,” Petroccitto says.
“We are committed to a wider review of PBS standards and rules, to ensure PBS remains a world-leading program for innovation and safety design; however a review of tyre standards is a priority.
“We will look at the available testing methods utilised by tyre manufacturers and suppliers, considering that these methods can produce differing results.”
The NHVR says the review will also look at the effects of tyre characteristics on safety performance, key tyre performance parameters, the performance of truck tyres currently available in Australia and the effects of tyre designs, tread patterns, case types, sizes, materials and operating conditions.
A report into Australia’s PBS fleet released in May showed there were 16,000 separate PBS registered trucks, trailers and buses, making up 7,500 PBS combinations currently operating.
Heavy Vehicle Industry Australia CEO Todd Hacking says the organisation had been strong advocates for a review into PBS tyres.
“PBS is an innovative world leading scheme designed to improve safety and productivity but industry feedback is that the treatment of tyres could be better. HVIA and its members support the review and look forward to working cooperatively with NHVR once the report is finalised.
“Given the growing use of PBS-approved vehicles it’s important that we are incorporating the latest tyre information and technology into the scheme,” Hacking says.
De Pont will provide a report for the NHVR’s Technical Working Group, which is made up of NHVR and industry experts, in early 2019.