Performance-Based Standards (PBS) were first introduced in 2007. The intention was simply the right trucks for the right jobs. The vision, on the other hand, was far more profound and would be transformational for the industry. Including greater overall road safety, minimised environmental impact and improved productivity. In 2014, the PBS scheme was incorporated into Heavy Vehicle National Law and regulated through NHVR.




While the PBS scheme has been a huge success for the road transport industry, feedback has indicated there is confusion from operators regarding the administration. Operators have expressed frustrations with some unnecessary complexities throughout the application process.



As of 14th of November 2022, improvements will be made and changes implemented to the administrative process. These changes are expected to help combat the ongoing struggles associated with COVID, including driver shortages and the growing freight task. 

“The new changes will simplify and accelerate the approval of PBS combinations by removing the transfer of PBS Vehicle applications when a vehicle is sold and removing duplication, which will reduce the size of a vehicle application by 30%.” - NHVR CEO Sal Petroccitto. 

Overall, the sector is consistently working towards creating a safer and more productive heavy vehicle industry. By attempting to review legislations regularly and make adequate changes where possible. This helps owners and operators to save time by cutting down the paperwork and application processing times. 

The NHVR is working towards making PBS simpler and more accessible to operators who are looking to join the scheme. You don’t need to jump through hoops to become PBS compliant. 

For more information on these changes or if you have questions, contact your auditor or NHVR

For further information on this topic, see the NHVR Press Release

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