PBS truck and dogs gain national networks

Media Release

DC065/2016

05 May 2016

Joint release with:

National Heavy Vehicle Regulator

The National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) has released Australia's first gazette Notice for Performance Based Standards (PBS) truck and dog combinations. 

Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester said the national network was a major step forward for modern, safer vehicles which would no longer need to obtain permits to travel on gazetted networks.

“The NHVR has co-designed the Notice following detailed consultation with the state and local governments,” Mr Chester said.

“Encouraging industry with better access for newer, safer, high-productivity vehicles mean less trips and that's a good outcome for all road users.

“These vehicles are delivering safer transport while a higher degree of access certainty will improve efficiency and improve productivity for operators,” Mr Chester said.

NHVR CEO Sal Petroccitto said the NHVR would continue to work with road managers across the country to expand this network.

“This Notice will replace the need for permits for heavy vehicle combinations comprising of a three or four-axle truck, towing a three, four or five-axle dog trailer.

“Under the Notice, the majority of state controlled roads, and some local roads covering over 341,000 kms for Level 1 and 101,000 kms for Level 2 will be easily accessed by more productive and safer heavy vehicles,” Mr Petroccitto said.

Combinations operating at Higher Mass Limits in New South Wales or Queensland will also be required to use the Intelligence Access Program.

Permits will still be required to access roads which are not part of the PBS networks and PBS vehicles that are not truck and dog combinations.

A PBS Vehicle Approval will still be needed to operate under the Notice.

For more information visit www.nhvr.gov.au

The National Heavy Vehicle Regulator is Australia's independent regulator for all vehicles over 4.5t gross vehicle mass. We administer one set of laws for heavy vehicles to deliver a comprehensive range of services under one regulator, one rulebook. For more information, please visit: www.nhvr.gov.au.