FAQs

Frequently asked questions about the Performance-Based Standards scheme.

General

What is the PBS Scheme?

Performance-Based Standards vehicles are designed to perform their tasks as productively, safely and sustainably as possible. These vehicles are tested against 16 stringent safety standards and four infrastructure standards to ensure that they can stop, turn and travel safely.

PBS vehicles fall into one of four levels, and have corresponding levels of road networks to which they have access.

What is the process to get my vehicle approved for PBS?

As a first step, it is important to consider what productivity and safety benefits you could achieve through PBS. You should assess those benefits against the likely costs and risks of submitting a PBS application. We encourage you to seek advice from an accredited PBS vehicle assessor when considering design options.

You should investigate road network access at the design development stage. Understanding the level of road network access likely to be granted by road authorities is crucial step when assessing the benefits before submitting an application, you can use the interactive NHVR Route Planner to assist with this, or contact the relevant state or territory road transport authority if you need more information about road network access.

See PBS application process and forms and PBS approvals flowchart for more information.

Do I need an access permit to operate a PBS vehicle?

Yes, an access permit is required for PBS vehicles, except if the PBS vehicle complies with a PBS access notice.

Does it cost me anything to apply to have my PBS vehicle approved by the NHVR?

There is no charge for applying to have a PBS vehicle approved by us, however, third party PBS assessors and certifiers will charge for their services. See contact details for PBS assessors and certifiers.

Please note: There is a fee when applying for an access permit for a PBS vehicle.

PBS Vehicle Approval Transfer

I have purchased a PBS combination and would like to transfer the PBS Vehicle Approval into my company’s name. What is the process?

  1. Fill out a PBS Vehicle Approval transfer application form (PDF, 233KB).
  2. Provide proof of vehicle ownership of all vehicles being transferred e.g. certificates of registration or purchasing invoices. The proof of vehicle ownership must include the VINs and the company name.
  3. Email the completed form along with proof of vehicle ownership to the PBS email box at pbs@nhvr.gov.au. The email subject line must state ‘VA Transfer Request’.

I have changed my company name and would like to transfer the PBS Vehicle Approval into the new company’s name. What is the process?

  1. Please fill out a PBS Vehicle Approval transfer application form (PDF, 233KB).
  2. Provide evidence of company name change such as:
    1. An ASIC Current & Historical Company Extract. The evidence must show the relationship between the old and new company.
    2. If an ASIC Current & Historical Company Extract is unavailable, provide proof of vehicle ownership of all vehicles on the VA e.g., certificates of registration or purchasing invoices. The proof of vehicle ownership must include the VINs and the new company name.
  3. Email the completed form along with proof of vehicle ownership to the PBS email box at pbs@nhvr.gov.au
    The email subject line must state ‘VA Operator Name Change’.

Important Information

Please fill out all fields in the PBS Vehicle Approval Transfer Application Form. The transfer request will not be approved unless the form is complete.

Provide proof of vehicle ownership of all vehicles being transferred. The transfer request will not be approved unless proof of ownership for all vehicles is provided.

All vehicles being transferred must be listed on the same VA. Individual vehicles listed across multiple VAs cannot be transferred and combined under another VA.

If you wish to combine multiple vehicles listed on different VAs under a single VA, please contact an approved PBS Certifier to arrange this.

Visit PBS Useful Contacts page for Assessor and Certifier contact details. Note: PBS vehicles are approved as a combination. Individual vehicles forming part of the combination cannot be transferred individually. For example, a truck and dog transfer application must contain at least one truck VIN and one dog trailer VIN, provided the VINs are listed on the original VA.

Note: PBS vehicles are approved as a combination. Individual vehicles forming part of the combination cannot be transferred individually. For example, a truck and dog transfer application must contain at least one truck VIN and one dog trailer VIN, provided the VINs are listed on the original VA.

What do I do after submitting my request to the NHVR?

After a ‘VA Transfer Request’ has been submitted to the NHVR, a confirmation receipt is issued typically within one to two business days. If no confirmation receipt has been received within two business days, send a follow up email to pbs@nhvr.gov.au

Note that the receipt is issued to the person who submitted the request. If a VA application was lodged by a PBS Certifier, please follow up with them.

What do I do after receiving my new VA?

The VA is not an authorisation to access the road network. The PBS combinations must comply with the relevant Notice or if required, obtain an access permit. To apply for an access permit, visit the NHVR Portal.

Tyre Options on a PBS Vehicle Approval

I would like to update the tyre options on a PBS Vehicle Approval (VA). What is the process?

  1. Send an email to pbs@nhvr.gov.au requesting to update the tyre options on your VA. The request must include the full PBS Vehicle Approval Reference number and the email subject line must state ‘Tyre Update Request’.
  2. A new version of the same VA number will be issued if the tyre options have been updated for the underlying PBS design approval.
    If the updated tyre list is not sufficient, specific tyre options can be requested to be added to a PBS Vehicle Approval as explained in the next section.

Note: Only the tyre options approved for use on the underlying design can be listed on the VA.

I would like to add specific tyre options to my VA. What is the process?

  1. To ensure compliance with the PBS standards, additional tyre options other than those listed on the underlying design must be approved by the PBS Assessor.
  2. Contact the PBS Assessor responsible for the underlying design. The PBS Assessor’s details are contained on the front page of the Vehicle Approval.
  3. Alternatively, if you know who Certified the combinations, you can contact the PBS Certifier.
    Visit PBS Useful Contacts page for Assessor and Certifier contact details.
    Note: This process will incur additional costs not regulated by the NHVR.
  4. The PBS Assessor or Certifier will lodge a ‘Tyre Update Request’ to the NHVR.
  5. A new version of the nominated VA will be issued if the tyre options have been approved.

I am looking for a copy of the list of tyres that are PBS approved

A universal ‘PBS-approved’ tyre list does not exist. A PBS combination must be fitted with one of the tyre options listed on its VA, which have been approved for the underlying PBS design.

The tyre options listed on the VA have been assessed by an approved PBS Assessor to ensure the combinations on the VA comply with the PBS standards.

What do I do after submitting my request to the NHVR?

After a ‘Tyre Update Request’ has been submitted to the NHVR a confirmation receipt is issued typically within one to two business days.

If no confirmation receipt has been received within two business days, send a follow up email to pbs@nhvr.gov.au

Note that the receipt is issued to the person who submitted the request. If a VA application was lodged by a PBS Certifier, please follow up with them.

What do I do after receiving my updated VA?

Any existing access permits relating to the nominated VA will still be valid. No change to the associated access permit is required.

The VA is not an authorisation to access the road network. The PBS combinations must comply with the relevant Notice or if required, obtain an access permit. To apply for an access permit, visit the NHVR Portal.