Performance Based Standards - Australia’s PBS fleet (PDF, 952KB) - This joint report, published in May 2018 by the NHVR and ARTSA, explains the uptake of Performance-Based Standards (PBS) vehicles in Australia, and how this scheme now has a significant influence on purchasing decisions for heavy duty vehicles (with a rating equal to or greater than 12 tonnes) in this country.

About Performance-Based Standards

Performance-Based Standards (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.

PBS blueprints and resources

'Blueprint' designs for various combinations have been pre-approved using PBS and made available to the heavy vehicle industry.

PBS guidelines and rules

The PBS Scheme operates nationally in a consistent and transparent manner using a set of rules and guidelines.

PBS vehicle standards

Vehicles are assessed under the PBS scheme according to 16 minimum vehicle performance standards and 4 infrastructure protection standards.