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PBS A-double permit exemptions for Queensland

Red tape cut for operators in name of efficiency


Permits will not be required for performance-based standards (PBS) A-doubles operating between Toowoomba and the Port of Brisbane at masses up to 79.5 tonnes (General Mass Limits) or 81.5 tonnes (Concessional Mass Limits).

The new National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) notice was developed in collaboration with the Queensland government and Queensland Trucking Association (QTA) to improve productivity along one of Queensland’s busiest freight routes.

Transport and main roads Minister Mark Bailey says that, due to the prevalence of PBS A-doubles on the road network, the move was a logical step forward.

“Safety is always our priority, but where we can provide improved access and reduce the need for permits, industry benefits, as does the environment and other road users, by halving truck trips for some freight tasks,” Bailey says.

“This notice will apply to conforming PBS A-double combinations and remove the need for operators to periodically apply for extensions of their permits. It will also provide long-term certainty for industry to invest in these vehicles, which are more productive and safer.

“To be eligible, the vehicle must be manufactured in compliance with, and certified under, a PBS vehicle approval and it must to comply with specific axle spacing and mass requirements.

“Operators must also comply with all conditions under the notice, which includes GPS tracking, on-board mass monitoring and vehicle signage.”

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Opportunities to enhance heavy vehicle access and innovation will continue to be explored, with the aim of delivering added economic benefits, NHVR CEO Sal Petroccitto says.

“PBS vehicles are newer, safer and built for purpose heavy vehicles,” NHVR CEO Sal Petroccitto says.

“By removing the need for an access permit between Toowoomba and the Port of Brisbane, we are able to get vehicles moving sooner and more efficiently, which is a boost for local economies.”

QTA CEO Gary Mahon praises the development, saying A-doubles are a “progressive step towards improving productivity and safety on one of our busiest freight corridors”.

“This notice will help to reduce some red tape and grow our Queensland industry confidence to continue to invest,” Mahon says.

PBS A-doubles seeking to operate up to 85 tonnes (Higher Mass Limits) will still require access approval, which can be obtained through the NHVR portal, before operating under the notice.


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