Category: News Article

Advantia Acquisition – An exciting future ahead with Victor Trumper

After more than two years in Advantia’s leadership team, General Manager Victor Trumper has acquired the business and will take over from Rob Di Cristoforo as Managing Director, effective 1 May 2020. The acquisition has had a long gestation, with exploratory discussions commencing when Victor took on the role of General Manager in November 2018…. Read more »

Amendment to PBS – Frontal Swing

The NHVR has just announced that the Frontal Swing standard has been relaxed. The change comes into effect as of 1 April 2020. Since the inception of PBS, the Frontal Swing standard has been limited to a maximum of 0.70 m for trucks. The purpose of this standard is to protect the front of a… Read more »

PBS and Tyres – an update

It’s not a stretch to say that tyres have been a problem for most users of the PBS scheme. A recent meeting in Sydney had all stakeholders in the same room discussing the findings of an official report from TERNZ (Dr John de Pont) reviewing all potential options, and it appears there is a consensus… Read more »

A PBS case study: $65,400 extra profit in one year under PBS

For many people in the industry, PBS has often been touted as a benefit. This is either through promoting safer vehicles or allowing operators to make their operations more efficient and productive. But today we are going to look at a case of an operator making the decision of whether to operate under PBS or… Read more »

NHVR allows dangerous goods vehicles under PBS pre advised scheme

From 22 July 2019, Performance Based Standards (PBS) vehicles carrying dangerous goods will be allowed through the PBS pre‑advised design approval process. The National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) has further expanded the PBS pre-advised (PA) design approval process. Following a long list of changes earlier this year, this may seem like a small change, but… Read more »

PBS Masterclass

In 2019, Advantia will be running an in-depth training course on Performance Based Standards (PBS). Known as the PBS Masterclass, this one-day course is designed for people who may have any role to play in PBS. Advantia has been involved in the PBS Scheme since it was conceived almost 20 years ago now, however a… Read more »

Advantia Staffing Update

Advantia is pleased to welcome back Daniel Nolan and introduce Nicholas Schade into our team. This is what it means to our team structure: Returning to Advantia following a year of travel, Daniel Nolan has resumed his role as an Accredited PBS Assessor and now holds the position of Engineering Manager Saizo Takeuchi now holds… Read more »

30-metre A-Double access between Toowoomba and Port of Brisbane is now via Gazette

For the last 8 years, Queensland’s Department of Transport and Main Roads (TMR) has approved 30-metre A-Doubles to operate between Toowoomba and the Port of Brisbane via Class 2 Permits up to Higher Mass Limits. Like all permit approvals, periodic renewal is required to maintain ongoing access approval. In a move that will reduce the… Read more »

Victoria’s 36.5-metre 85.5-tonne A-Double Networks

Building on Victoria’s 30-metre A-Double Networks, VicRoads has published its first PBS Level 3A 36.5-metre A-Double Networks providing access up to 85.5-tonnes. This is a significant development for the road freight industry and High Productivity Freight Vehicle (HPFV) access in Victoria as it provides clear direction that HPFVs up to 36.5-metres can now access key… Read more »

Rob Di Cristoforo elected IFRTT Vice President Australasia & Pacific

The 15th International Symposium on Heavy Vehicle Transport Technology (HVTT15) was held in Rotterdam, The Netherlands, on 2-5 October 2018. Rob Di Cristoforo attended the Symposium to present the findings of his recently published Austroads research on improving local road access for High Productivity Freight Vehicles. During the Symposium, Rob was re-elected to the Board… Read more »