NHVR releases new Performance Based Standards for Road Managers

The National Heavy Vehicle Regulator this week released a new guidebook for road managers who grant access to large vehicles which need to use local road networks.

The Performance Based Standards: An introduction for road managers outlines the thousands of combinations such vehicles can comprise, and includes details about how to respond to an access request.

“PBS vehicles are designed and built to perform their tasks as productively, safely and sustainably as possible, and to operate on networks that are appropriate for their level of performance,” the guide said.

“They are assessed against stringent safety and infrastructure standards to ensure they are safe and fit for use on existing road networks.”

The National Heavy Vehicle Law requires a road manager to respond to an access request within 28 days, the booklet said, adding a manager can request an extension for complex applications.

“This booklet is designed to provide road managers with a greater understanding of the PBS scheme, its principles, benefits and approval processes, to make it as easy as possible to assess, and grant access to, innovative, newer and safer vehicles,” NHVR Chief Executive, Sal Petroccitto said.

Last year, almost one in five eligible heavy vehicles manufactured was “PBS approved, and as at March 2019 there were 8,726 PBS-approved combinations on our roads, comprised of more than 18,000 individual vehicle units,” he added.