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NHVR extends PBS pre-approvals

The National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) has extended its pre-advised design approval process to cover 80 per cent of new Performance-Based Standards (PBS) scheme design approval applications.

NHVR Chief Engineer, Les Brusza, said A-doubles, B-doubles, and prime mover semi-trailer combinations would be added to the PBS scheme's simplified pre-advised design approval process.

"Following feedback from the heavy vehicle industry, we have simplified and sped up the approval process for a range of common PBS scheme combinations," Brusza said.

"In March last year we started trialling pre-advised approvals for six-axle and seven-axle truck and dog combinations.

"Following the trial, the NHVR and PBS Review Panel found the process was robust and reduced design approval processing times by more than three weeks.

"I'm pleased that we are now able to extend the benefits to cover other common PBS combinations and look forward to seeing more high productivity vehicles operating across Australia."

During the trial period, the processing time for applications reduced from an average 28 days per application to just three business days.

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