PBS fridge van to be on show in Brisbane

Maxi-Cube’s performance based standards trailer can carry two to four extra pallet spaces of fruit

PBS fridge van to be on show in Brisbane
The Maxi–Cube PBS fridge van has at least two more pallet spaces compared with a standard van.


Australian trailer manufacturer MaxiTrans will be showing off its PBS fridge van at the Brisbane Truck Show in May.

The company last year delivered what it says was the first performance based standards fridge van in Queensland.

Under the PBS scheme, bigger payloads are permitted on trailers as long as safety and operational criteria can be met. MaxiTrans says while the majority of approvals since the scheme was introduced have been for truck and dog tipper combinations, other transport industry segments such as refrigerated "are beginning to catch on".

Maxi-Cube has now sold three PBS trailers to Queensland operator Fruithaul, and the latest will be on display in Brisbane. Each has 26 pallet spaces and a payload of 23 tonnes.

Maxi-Cube general manager Kevin Manfield says 60 vans have been sold around the country.

He says while a standard trailer has floor space for 22 pallets, a PBS van can be up to 28 pallets. "When you’re stacking to the roof, that means a significant amount of extra load per trip, without the extra expense of a B-double," Manfield says.

He says the MaxiTrans group has 72 approved PBS designs, which the company believes is the most of any manufacturer.

The Brisbane Truck Show runs from May 14 to 17 at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre.

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