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.
- Adding identical vehicles to a PBS Vehicle Approval (PDF, 256KB) - From 1 April 2019, the VA number will not change when adding or removing identical vehicle units. This means that existing access permits no longer require updating as the VA number will remain the same.
- PBS Vehicle Configurations chart (PDF, 1.1MB) - This chart shows some of the NHVR-approved PBS heavy vehicle combinations used in Australia. Other heavy vehicle configurations may not be represented.
- Performance Based Standards - A guide for road managers (5.1MB) - This booklet is designed to provide road managers with greater understanding of the Performance Based Standards (PBS) scheme, and its principles, benefits and approval processes, to make it as easy as possible to assess, and grant network access to, PBS vehicles.
- 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.