The National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) and the Australian Road Transport Suppliers Association (ARTSA) today released a joint report that finds one in five relevant new heavy vehicles manufactured in Australia are now Performance-Based Standards (PBS) approved.
NHVR CEO, Sal Petroccitto, said the joint report demonstrated the success of Australia’s world-leading PBS scheme.
“In 2017, 17 per cent of relevant new heavy vehicles were PBS approved, in 2018 we saw that increase to 20 per cent of relevant new heavy vehicles,” he said.
“PBS vehicles deliver significant benefits to productivity and have been shown to be involved in 46 per cent fewer crashes than conventional vehicles.
“The success of the scheme over the past decade is a clear statement of the industry’s desire to be safer, smarter and more innovative.”
The report shows:
ARTSA Chair, Martin Toomey, said the PBS scheme was encouraging heavy vehicle renewal nationwide.
“One of the key benefits of the PBS scheme has been to accelerate the renewal of the heavy vehicle fleet nationwide,” he said.
“The median age of PBS vehicles is four years compared to 12 years for the entire heavy vehicle fleet.
“New equipment has the benefit of more modern safety systems, including better braking and improved stability. By encouraging the uptake of PBS vehicles we can make our roads safer for everyone.”