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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." 

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