Do I need a Performance Based Standards Permit?
A Performance Based Standards (PBS) permit is required for travel on or off the PBS network for that level of vehicle, unless it complies with the mass, dimension or operating requirements set out in a gazette notice. The NHVR Route Planner indicates the different levels of access to the PBS network. The NHVR processes ALL PBS permit applications except for travel within the Northern Territory and Western Australia. For these jurisdictions, apply directly to the relevant state or territory road transport authority.
You can apply for a PBS access permit through the NHVR Portal.
Operators must hold a PBS Vehicle Approval before the NHVR can commence the process for seeking access for the PBS vehicle. For operators that have a PBS Design Approval, you can submit a PBS permit application to obtain a PBS Final Approval and an access permit at the same time. Please Note: Prior to the introduction of the Heavy Vehicle National Law the PBS Vehicle Approval was known as a PBS Final Approval. The PBS Final Approval is a valid PBS Vehicle Approval under the new laws. For more information please view the Performance-Based Standards page.
- Tier 2 and 3 Masses for Performance Based Standards (PBS) Vehicles Information Sheet (PDF, 413KB) - Describes different ties of PBS bridge assessments.
- General access for PBS Level 1 heavy vehicles operating at General Mass Limits (PDF, 219KB) - General access to the road network is available to certain heavy vehicles approved as Level 1 under the Performance Based Standards (PBS) scheme when operating at General Mass Limits (GML).
- PBS Permit Applications - Tier 3 information sheet (PDF, 283KB) - Outlines the requirements for PBS permit applications specifically explaining Tier 3 combinations stated on the PBS Vehicle Approval (VA).
- Victorian PBS ‘In-Principle’ Approval information sheet (PDF 174KB) - Provides information on the Victorian In-Principle consent policy, when a transport operator has already received PBS In-principle approval from VicRoads, it is deemed as consent for subsequent permit applications.
Note: Operators should check that their vehicle complies with the schedules and conditions in the relevant gazette notice as the permit relevant to this application will reference these same conditions.
Gazette notices - Performance Based Standards access
|ACT, NSW, Qld, SA, Tas, Vic||
Authorises the use of 3 and 4 axle trucks towing 3-, 4- or 5-axle dog trailer PBS combinations on gazetted networks
Please note the following supporting documents for this notice:
|ACT, NSW, SA, TAS, VIC||
Provides eligible Tier 1 Performance Based Standards (PBS) vehicles with immediate access to relevant PBS networks across Australia to operate on approved networks without the need of a permit as soon as a Vehicle Approval is issued, although this may be at a restricted mass.
Authorises the use of stated categories of class 2 heavy vehicles that are Performance Based Standards (PBS) vehicles on the New South Wales SPECT Scheme Network, subject to specified conditions.
Please note the following supporting document for this notice
Full information on the Scheme can be found on the NSW Roads and Maritime Service website at www.rms.nsw.gov.au/spects
Authorises Performance Based Standards (PBS) A-doubles to access a special PBS network running from Toowoomba to Port of Brisbane up to a Gross Combination Mass of 85 tonnes.
Please note the following supporting document for this notice:
Post or fax application
Please note: If you apply through post or fax, all correspondence relating to that application will be done through the same channel.
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