Performance Based Standards (PBS) Scheme Review

As a result of the 2017 PBS Marketplace Report produced by the National Transport Commission (NTC), the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) has commenced a review of the PBS scheme.


The first element of the review is a review of tyre management practices in the PBS Scheme.

The NHVR has also commenced a review of the PBS standard.

The NHVR has released a draft of the first three standards related to:

  • Directional Stability Under Braking
  • Pavement Horizontal Loading
  • Frontal Swing

Following the completion of the first stage, the remainder of the PBS standards will be reviewed in the second stage of the review.


The PBS scheme has been in operation since 2007 and is designed to allow safer and more productive vehicles which would otherwise be denied access or have restricted access to access more of the Australian road system.

In 2017 the NTC commenced a review of the PBS scheme which resulted in the PBS marketplace report which was published in August 2017.

This report contained a number of recommendations including a review of the PBS standards. These recommendations were agreed to be Ministers in May 2018.

HVIA had been critical of a couple of aspects of the PBS scheme for some time including concerns over the antiquated deemed to comply provisions in the Braking Standard and the Treatment of Tyres under the PBS scheme.

This resulted in HVIA releasing a PBS braking Policy in August 2016 (link) and a discussion on the PBS tyre issue at the 2018 Comvec Conference.

In November 2018 the NHVR appointed Dr John de Pont to lead a review of PBS tyre standards and operations.

What HVIA is doing

HVIA has also commenced a review of the PBS standards. The first stage of the review is looking at the standards relating to:

  • Directional Stability Under Braking
  • Pavement Horizontal Loading
  • Frontal Swing

As at December 2019, the regulator has produced a first draft of these standards.

The second stage of the review will look at the remaining standards.

The NHVR conducted an information session for industry on the review in May 2019 and industry is awaiting the results of Dr de Pont’s report due in December 2019.

Please Contact HVIA’s National Manager Policy and Government Relations, Greg Forbes or 0437923755 for further information.

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