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Performance Based Standards - Australia’s PBS fleet 2019 (PDF, 732KB)

PBS is a major purchasing decision for heavy duty freight vehicle operators in this country, offering the potential to achieve greater productivity and improved safety through innovative and optimised vehicle design.

The benefits of more PBS vehicles on the road are well recognised. According to the National Transport Commission (NTC), PBS vehicles are involved in 46 per cent fewer crashes than conventional vehicles. They are designed and built for a specific freight task, approved to operate on specific road networks and use the latest technologies and systems. Close to 9000 PBS combinations have been approved during the past 11 years.

To assist the heavy vehicle market to better understand the significance and benefits of PBS, the Australian Road Transport Suppliers Association (ARTSA) and the NHVR have prepared this report.

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 four infrastructure standards to ensure they fit the existing road network and are safe. The scheme has been in operation since October 2007.

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