HVIA welcomes NHVR effort on PBS tyre reform

Lobbying efforts bear fruit as application process is simplified

HVIA welcomes NHVR effort on PBS tyre reform
The PBS tyre rule change is seen as a win for common sense


Heavy Vehicle Industry Australia (HVIA) has lauded the performance-based standards (PBS) tyre reform as a win for trailer manufacturers, tyre manufacturers and suppliers, heavy vehicle operators and assessors in the industry.

Yesterday’s announcement by the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) saw the removal of requirement for specific tyre types and brands.

The reform will see the end of using specific tyre performance data in PBS simulations and listing specific tyres on vehicle approvals (VAs) instead being replaced by agreed generic tyre performance data in the simulations and removing this restrictive requirement to list specific tyres on a VA.

How the news was announced yesterday, here

"This simple change is a win for common-sense and will save the industry millions of dollars without impacting on safety, heavy vehicle performance or productivity," HVIA CEO Todd Hackingsaid.

"It goes to show the power of coming together and speaking with one voice.

"The reality is the system was broken, inefficient, costing industry millions and causing delays. 

"The NHVR listened, worked with industry and now has a greater appreciation for the complexity of the system, which we hope will lead to further improvements for the PBS system in the near future."

HVIA points out the practical result of the change as five-fold:

  • trailer manufacturers will no longer incur tyre anomaly fees
  • the transport operator has greater flexibility to choose the tyre of their choice for their vehicle
  • the tyre manufacturer and supplier no longer needs to invest in onerous tyre testing and marketing to have their tyres considered as PBS approved
  • a simpler system for heavy vehicle assessors thereby removing tension with the applicant
  • a more efficient PBS system for all, expediting the approvals process.

"The PBS system is world leading, it leads to safer, more productive vehicles on the road, but if we want industry to continue to use the system it has to be an efficient, cost effective system," HVIA said.


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