NHVR extends PBS pre-advised design approval process

Review finds the process reduces application processing times by over three weeks

NHVR extends PBS pre-advised design approval process
Change is based on positive results from last year's review, Bruzsa says.


The National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) has extended its pre-advised design approval process to cover 80 per cent of new Performance Based Standards (PBS) scheme applications.

NHVR chief engineer Les Bruzsa says A-doubles, B-doubles and prime mover semitrailer combinations will be added to the PBS scheme’s simplified pre-advised design approval process.

Starting today, the following combination types will be eligible for pre-advised process:

  • Level 1 prime mover and tri or quad-axle semitrailer combinations up to 20m long and 50.5t GCM
  • Level 1 B-doubles fitted with tandem or tri-axle groups up to 20m long and 50.5t GCM
  • Level 2 B-doubles fitted with tandem or tri-axle groups up to 26m long and 68.5t GCM
  • Level 2 A-doubles with single, tandem or tri-axle semitrailers and tandem or tri-axle dollies up to 30m long and 85.0t GCM
  • Level 3 A-doubles up to 36.5m long and 95.5t GCM.

"Following feedback from the heavy vehicle industry, we have simplified and sped-up the approval process for a range of common PBS scheme combinations," Bruzsa says.

"In March last year, we started trialling pre-advised approvals for six-axle and seven-axle truck and dog combinations.

"Following the trial, the NHVR and PBS Review Panel found the process was robust and reduced design approval processing times by more than three weeks.

"I’m pleased that we are now able to extend the benefits to cover other common PBS combinations and look forward to seeing more high productivity vehicles operating across Australia."

During the trial period, the processing time for applications fell from an average of 28 days per application to just three business days, the regulator states.

The PBS scheme, which has been in place across Australia for the past 10 years, provides approval of innovative and optimised vehicle designs for high productivity vehicles.

Since being introduced in 2007 the scheme has seen over 6,400 innovative combinations enter the heavy vehicle fleet.

During 2016-17, NHVR approved 1,403 PBS combination – a 23 per cent increase on the previous year.


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