Gratuitous ‘voting’ process cripples PBS

Gratuitous ‘voting’ process cripples PBS

Something about the PBS approval process doesn’t sit well with me and must be changed immediately. Under the rules, a qualified engineer who is accredited as a PBS Assessor uses specialised software to determine that a heavy vehicle meets the standards. If it does, they submit an application to the NHVR. The NHVR then submits… Read more »

Suspension misconception

Suspension misconception

Contrary to what you may think, roll stiffness is not necessarily the most important consideration when comparing the vehicle dynamics effects of one suspension with those of another. Roll stiffness is indeed important for some aspects of heavy vehicle stability, such as steady-state rollover threshold, because a higher roll stiffness reduces the amount of body… Read more »

A blueprint for market share

A blueprint for market share

Performance-based size and weight regulation is changing the way Australia’s trailer manufacturers do business. Free of the encumbrances of conventional size and weight rules, early-adopters are building the equipment they want, and gaining market share. The ink had barely dried on the ministerial approval of Australia’s Performance Based Standards (PBS) Scheme when the naysayers collectively… Read more »

Quantifying the benefits of advanced truck and trailer safety technologies

Quantifying the benefits of advanced truck and trailer safety technologies

It wasn’t until the Safety Drive Days at Melbourne’s Sandown Raceway in early March that I realised just how much effort this industry is putting into promoting the benefits of advanced truck and trailer safety technologies. At first I couldn’t understand why the delivery of such a simple message was such hard work, but then… Read more »

Prescriptive PBS?

Prescriptive PBS?

When the idea of PBS was first given serious thought in Australia more than a decade ago, regulators started to have heart palpitations at the thought of losing control of mass and dimensions, not knowing what sorts of weird and wacky heavy vehicles were likely to emerge. After more than two years of operation of… Read more »