The National Transport Commission (NTC) is seeking input to review the Performance Based Standards (PBS) scheme and its operating marketplace. The NTC are an inter-governmental agency charged with improving the productivity, safety and environmental performance of Australia’s road, rail and intermodal transport systems.
The PBS scheme was introduced in 2007 and has since approved over 2,500 safer and more productive heavy vehicles to move freight on our roads.
The NTC has recently commenced a review of the effectiveness of the PBS scheme and the marketplace in which it operates. It will investigate:
- whether the PBS scheme is meeting its original policy intent
- whether the scheme itself contains barriers to operating as an effective marketplace for the development, sale and commercialisation of innovative vehicles
- the merits of prescribing popular PBS designs into regulations
- whether access decisions impact the effectiveness of the PBS marketplace
- whether there are modifications which could be made to improve the efficiency of the system.
Further information about the project is available here.
The NTC recently consulted government and industry stakeholders to confirm the project method and set out the data requirements to undertake the review. Some data will be provided by the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator and state and territory road agencies.
The NTC have also developed a survey to obtain information from key PBS and non-PBS heavy vehicle industry groups such as the PBS assessors and certifiers, heavy vehicle manufacturers and freight operators.
Tell the NTC how to improve the PBS scheme by visiting here to participate in the survey - it will only take approximately 15 minutes to complete.
After a review of the PBS scheme, we will release a discussion paper by mid-2017 that includes draft recommendations to transport ministers.