Here’s why 34-metre A-doubles have become a thing

Here’s why 34-metre A-doubles have become a thing

Q: How long is an A-double? A: Well, it depends… An A-double is any heavy vehicle combination featuring a prime mover towing two semi-trailers that are connected to each other by a converter dolly. ‘A’ signifies a converter dolly coupling, as opposed to ‘B’ which signifies a direct piggy-back fifth-wheel coupling, as in a B-double…. Read more »

Advantia achieves Quality Management System Certification to ISO9001

Advantia achieves Quality Management System Certification to ISO9001

Advantia has made it a goal over its years in business to produce a high standard of work for customers and provide exceptional customer service. In the pursuit of continuous improvement, at the start of 2018, Advantia set itself a challenge to formally implement a Quality Management System to track, monitor and audit the internal… Read more »

The productivity squeeze in Australian road transport

The productivity squeeze in Australian road transport

I saw this interesting article posted on LinkedIn by NTI’s Adam Gibson and thought I’d share it here. I wholeheartedly agree with Adam’s conclusion. Just a quick article here, I was doing some other analysis and by coincidence ended up with the datasets for the Australian road freight task and employment data open at the… Read more »

Federal Ministers back PBS reform

Federal Ministers back PBS reform

Recently the National Transport Commission (NTC) publicly announced that Federal Transport Ministers had approved the NTC’s recommendations for improving the Performance Based Standards (PBS) Scheme. The PBS Scheme has enjoyed significant success since 2007 when it was first implemented. NTC Chief Paul Retter stated, “PBS scheme vehicles offer between 15 and 30 per cent more… Read more »

Understanding Roll Steer

Understanding Roll Steer

GIF ‘Tractor Bump Steer’. By Simiprof [CC BY-SA 3.0], from Wikimedia Commons Advantia has previously written about how suspension performance can affect the outcome of a PBS assessment. In short, the three main factors are roll stiffness, roll centre height and roll steer coefficient. Today we will be focusing on roll steer, sometimes referred to… Read more »

Hume Freeway Access for High Productivity Freight Vehicles

Hume Freeway Access for High Productivity Freight Vehicles

When was the last time you did a road trip between Melbourne and Sydney? If you work in the heavy vehicle industry, I’m sure for some the experience is relatively common. Mine was in early 2013 as part of a project with VicRoads, Roads and Maritime Services and Transport for New South Wales to investigate… Read more »

Six highlights of Advantia’s first decade

Six highlights of Advantia’s first decade

The day I dragged an old desk into the spare bedroom to start the Advantia business, I had a modest optimism for how things might progress… Ten years on, as a team of six in Bundoora’s Uni Hill business precinct, Advantia now serves some of Australia’s largest transport operators and equipment manufacturers, delivers large government-funded… Read more »

Latest market data on the Australian PBS vehicle fleet

Latest market data on the Australian PBS vehicle fleet

The NHVR and ARTSA have jointly released a report on the size and make-up of the Australian PBS vehicle fleet. The report characterises the fleet by configuration, number of axles, age, and truck/trailer manufacturer. A copy of the report can be downloaded here.  

Are our road authorities working hard enough for us?

Are our road authorities working hard enough for us?

One statement that seems to pop up more than any other in my conversations with Australia’s road authorities goes something like this: “Parts of our 26-metre B-double network don’t meet all of the minimum geometric requirements for Level 2A classification under the PBS Network Classification Guidelines.” This is usually followed by commentary about insufficient lane… Read more »

Expert in High Productivity Freight Vehicles joins Advantia

Expert in High Productivity Freight Vehicles joins Advantia

Advantia is pleased to announce the appointment of former VicRoads staffer Victor Trumper as Senior Consultant. While some in the industry may not know Victor, many will be familiar with the high-profile outcomes of his work while employed by VicRoads. Of most importance to Advantia’s clients are the Victorian High Productivity Freight Vehicle (HPFV) networks… Read more »