Operating a heavy vehicle

Performance based standards

The Performance-Based Standards (PBS) scheme offers the potential for heavy vehicle operators to achieve higher productivity and safety through innovative vehicle design.

The National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) administers the PBS scheme, assessing and approving PBS designs and vehicles on advice from the PBS Review Panel.

To learn more and apply to the PBS scheme, visit the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator's PBS website.

PBS routes

PBS vehicle routes are classified into four national network levels (levels 1 to 4). These network levels include a Class A and Class B category for the vehicle lengths and cover general mass limits, concessional mass limits and higher mass limits.

Road networkVehicle length (metres)PBS network levelClose present vehicle description
Level 1AEqual or less than 20 m1Single articulated vehicle or truck trailer combination
Level 2AEqual or less than 26 m2B-double
Level 2BGreater than 26 m but equal or less than 30 m2B-double fitted with quad axle groups
Level 3AEqual or less than 36.5 m3Double road train (type I)
Level 3BGreater than 36.5 m but equal or less than 42 m3Double road train (type I)
Level 4AEqual or less than 53.5 m4Triple road train (type II)

The approved PBS route network for South Australia is available via the RAVnet map system.

National Class 2 PBS Truck and Dog Notice

The National Class 2 PBS Level 1 and 2A Truck and Dog Trailer Authorisation Notice available on the NHVR's page covers PBS truck and dog trailer combinations comprising a three- or four-axle rigid truck towing a three-, four-, or five-axle dog trailer that is the subject of a current Performance Based Standards vehicle approval for operation at PBS Level 1 or Level 2, and:

  1. passes the PBS Bridge Loading standard as Tier 1; and
  2. for PBS Level 1, has a maximum overall length no greater than 20.0m; and
  3. for PBS Level 1, has a maximum overall height no greater than 4.3m; and
  4. for PBS Level 1, has a maximum operating mass no greater than 50.5t; and
  5. for PBS Level 2, has a maximum overall length no greater than 26.0m.

The route networks available are

  • PBS truck and dog that is the subject of a current PBS vehicle approval for operation at PBS Level 1 may use the 'PBS Routes Level 1A' as published on the RAVnet map system.
  • A PBS truck and dog that is the subject of a current PBS vehicle approval for operation at PBS Level 2 may use the 'PBS Routes Level 2A' as published on the RAVnet map system.

New routes

Where an operator requires access to routes not covered by the current approved PBS route networks, they must apply to the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) for a new route assessment.

A permit will only be issued when the requested route has been assessed and approved for PBS vehicle access.


Contact National Heavy Vehicle Regulator

Online

Phone

Phone - 1300 MYNHVR (1300 696 487)
Fax - (07) 3309 8777

Post

PO Box 492
Fortitude Valley QLD 4006


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Page last updated 15 June 2017

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Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure
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