Advantia Project Aims To Streamline PBS Accessibility

HVIA member Advantia Transport Consulting is seeking industry feedback on a project to advance Performance Based Standards vehicle accessibility.

Advantia Transport Consulting is a specialist heavy vehicle engineering consultancy headquartered in Melbourne, Victoria.

The team received funding under the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator’s Heavy Vehicle Safety Initiative (HVSI) grant series for a project to develop a set of Vehicle Specification Envelopes (VSEs) for three common Performance Based Standards (PBS) vehicles.

The project will streamline the entry of safer, more efficient vehicles into the market and will tackle some of the barriers hindering entry for operators including cost, and time.

It follows a similar process to that used in the development of the 20-metre three-axle truck and four-axle dog trailer notice from 2022, taking learnings from that work to make PBS accessibility a reality for more operators.

A 6×4 truck and five-axle dog trailer from Bulk Transport Equipment (BTE)

The project focusses on the following three common Performance Based Standards (PBS) vehicles: 6×4 prime mover and semi-trailer (flat deck, van and drop-deck body types); 6×4 truck and five-axle dog trailer (tipper body type); and 6×4 truck and six-axle dog trailer (tipper body type).

Those vehicle types have been selected due to their popularity and high performance under the PBS scheme.

The Advantia team is seeking feedback throughout March on the specification envelopes it has developed. Feedback is sought on how well the specification envelopes satisfy current designs and applications, in terms of their dimensions and masses.

The vehicle combination diagrams can be viewed and downloaded, and feedback provided, via this link

The team also welcome the chance to arrange face-to-face visits with interested operators, which can be arranged by e-mailing Sarah Williamson at

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