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.

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.