Print Icon
 

news, issues and events for the heavy vehicle industry

Wednesday 17 June 2020

Australia’s benchmark setting Performance Based Standards (PBS) scheme has celebrated its 10,000th vehicle approval recently.


Heavy Vehicle Industry Australia (HVIA) Chief Executive Todd Hacking says the milestone reflects safety and productivity outcomes worthy of celebration. 


“The PBS scheme is a unique initiative that enables design, engineering and manufacturing innovation that is the envy of the world,” Mr Hacking said. 


The PBS Marketplace Report published by the National Transport Commission (NTC) in 2017 demonstrated the safety and productivity benefits of the PBS scheme. At the time there were around 5,000 PBS vehicles on the road. 

“Accelerating the uptake of PBS to 10,000 vehicles in the last three years is an admirable milestone, however it is only the beginning of our quest for a safer more productive fleet,” Mr Hacking added. 


The 2017 report demonstrated that PBS vehicles allow greater payloads per vehicle, resulting in fewer vehicles movements than would be required with conventional vehicles. 


The report noted that the use of PBS vehicles produced around 25% productivity gains, resulted in substantial saving in road maintenance and also generated fuel savings resulting in lower Co2 emissions. 


“HVIA applauds the NHVR’s efforts to streamline the approval of common PBS designs over the last few years, however, we need to pick up the pace of reform to the system." 


Read the full article

HVIA welcomes new members

Australian owned and operated since 1976, Brimarco are specialists in drop deck trailers and custom heavy vehicles such as mobile libraries and motorsport trailers.

Commencing in 1992 and located in Melbourne, Customair are sleeper cab air conditioning specialists. Customair also specialise in full interior cab fit-outs and diesel heater fit-ups. The staff at Customair are able to cater for all makes and models of heavy vehicle.

Founded in Brisbane in 1991 to manufacture Service Bodies primarily for one tonne cab-chassis, The XL Body, as the service body has become known, is a one-piece, all steel unit with externally accessible, weatherproof side cabinets and a central load area with tie-down points.

Upcoming events