Category: Technical

More combinations eligible for pre-advised PBS Design Approval applications

On the 10th of December 2020, the NHVR continued to expand the combinations allowed under the pre-advised (PA) Design Approval process. The expansion now means that combinations that contain a single or tri-axle drive axle group can now be approved without review of the PBS Review Panel, which significantly reduces the processing time for these… Read more »

Assisting industry through PBS – Advantia and BTT Engineering combine

To simplify and streamline industry’s experience with the Performance Based Standards (PBS) Scheme and assist industry with required approvals to operate, Advantia and BTT have combined to provide a united one-stop-shop for all your PBS needs. As the PBS Scheme continues to mature with an increasing number of PBS combinations approved to operate on Australian… Read more »

PBS Masterclass Webinar 2020

Advantia is running in-depth training on Performance Based Standards (PBS) but not as we know it! Coming this November Advanita will live stream a PBS Masterclass, this one-day webinar 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… Read more »

NSW lifts Port Botany container transport productivity

From late 2019, the efficiency and productivity of NSW container transports improved with New South Wales Class 3 Port Botany Container Transportation Mass Exemption Notice 2019. To increase the productivity of container transports in Sydney to and from Port Botany, Advantia was engaged by TfNSW to investigate options for increasing the allowable mass of heavy… 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 »

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 »

The forgotten zone between PBS Level 2B and PBS Level 3A

There is a ‘forgotten zone’ between PBS Level 2B and PBS Level 3A. This zone comes into play when a combination exceeding 30 metres overall length meets PBS Level 2 standards. I am concerned by the frequency with which I find road managers referring to a PBS Level 2 combination greater than 30 metres long as… 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 »