Benefits of the PBS Scheme quantified by NTC

Benefits of the PBS Scheme quantified by NTC

The National Transport Commission (NTC) recently published a discussion paper titled “Assessing the effectiveness of the PBS marketplace.” The purpose of the discussion paper was to determine if the PBS Scheme was meeting the original policy intent, to evaluate the effectiveness of the approval processes and to suggest any improvements that could help benefit all… Read more »

South African PBS project hailed a success

South African PBS project hailed a success

Paul Nordengen, Vice President (Africa) of the International Forum for Road Transport Technology (IFRTT) recently published a statement outlining the success of the Performance Based Standards (PBS) pilot project in South Africa. Paul’s statement is reproduced below: The Performance-based standards (PBS) pilot project officially started in South Africa in Nov 2007 with the commissioning of… Read more »

Answers to some recent PBS FAQs

Answers to some recent PBS FAQs

Q: Is there such a thing as a PBS-approved tyre? A: It is a common misconception that a tyre may be ‘PBS-approved’, and therefore be allowed to be used on any heavy vehicle combinations that are approved under the PBS Scheme. When specific tyres are listed on a PBS Design Approval, they are applicable to… Read more »

PBS Review Panel fast-tracks truck and dog Design Approvals

PBS Review Panel fast-tracks truck and dog Design Approvals

A recent trial of the new Performance Based Standards (PBS) ‘pre-advised’ Design Approval process is now reaching its sixth month of implementation. Under a new National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) procedure, 3- and 4-axle dog trailers towed by 3-axle trucks can enjoy a quicker, streamlined process that bypasses the PBS Review Panel. Instead, these specific… Read more »

New Cubic Freight (HPFV) network announced in Victoria

New Cubic Freight (HPFV) network announced in Victoria

Some great news has recently been announced for operators of Higher Productivity Freight Vehicles (HPFVs) in Victoria. VicRoads announced this month that 30-metre PBS-approved combinations will now be able to access a significant portion of the arterial road network provided the gross combination mass does not exceed 68.5 tonnes. “Operators with combinations up to 30.0… Read more »

Meet Saizo Takeuchi

Meet Saizo Takeuchi

The Advantia team recently welcomed Saizo Takeuchi, a graduate of Mechanical Engineering from Melbourne University. Saizo’s primary responsibilities are based around technical work using Advantia’s TruckSim heavy vehicle dynamics simulation package and other heavy vehicle engineering analysis tools. Saizo is in training to provide greater capacity for Advantia’s PBS Assessment services, in response to increased… Read more »

Australia’s Chief Scientist lauds PBS scheme

Australia’s Chief Scientist lauds PBS scheme

Australia’s Chief Scientist Dr Alan Finkel AO touted the industry’s ‘Performance-Based Standards’ approach as an example for other sectors to follow. Published in CRT News, 10 Nov 2016 [Read article]  

Victoria’s new HPFV networks for 30-metre A-doubles

Victoria’s new HPFV networks for 30-metre A-doubles

VicRoads has introduced new High Productivity Freight Vehicle (HPFV) networks to accommodate 30-metre A-double combinations that have been approved under the Performance Based Standards (PBS) scheme. Increased demand for these combinations led to VicRoads developing the networks with the aim of providing a smoother path to road access, without the need for individual route assessments…. Read more »

Daniel Nolan meets the world’s best heavy vehicle dynamics engineers

Daniel Nolan meets the world’s best heavy vehicle dynamics engineers

In May 2016 Advantia sent PBS Engineer Daniel Nolan to the United States to undertake the world’s most renowned course on heavy vehicle dynamics and we asked Daniel a couple of questions about his experiences. What is the Dynamics of Heavy Duty Trucks course? Dynamics of Heavy Duty Trucks is a 4-day course about the… Read more »

Truck and dog policy developments

Truck and dog policy developments

Two recent heavy vehicle policy developments offer productivity improvements and other benefits for truck and dog operators, but there are numerous conditions that operators need to understand. The new policies are described below. Please contact Advantia if you would like to take advantage of these opportunities. ‘SPECTS’ policy for the construction industry in urban New… Read more »