Performance-Based Standards (PBS)

The Performance-Based Standards (PBS) Scheme offers the heavy vehicle industry the potential to achieve higher productivity and safety through innovative and optimised vehicle design.

PBS vehicles are designed to perform their tasks as productively, safely and sustainably as possible, and to operate on networks that are appropriate for their level of performance. The basic principle of PBS is matching the right vehicles to the right tasks.

PBS vehicles are tested against 16 stringent safety standards and 4 infrastructure standards to ensure they fit the existing road network and are safe. The scheme has been in operation since October 2007.

Review of Major Crash Rates for Australian Higher Productivity Vehicles

Review of Major Crash Rates for Australian Higher Productivity Vehicles: 2015-2019 (PDF, 2.6MB)

This report examines the safety performance of the Australian Performance Based Standards (PBS) fleet over the five year period 2015 to 2019 inclusive.

The Standards

Vehicles are assessed under the Performance-Based Standards (PBS) scheme according to 16 minimum vehicle performance standards and 4 infrastructure protection standards.