PBS approval process just got easier

Vehicle approval number to remain same for identical units

PBS approval process just got easier
PBS access permit process will become simpler for operators


The National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) says it has streamlined the performance based standards (PBS) access permit process, making it simpler to add new PBS vehicles to an existing vehicle approval (VA).

As of April 1, 2019, the VA number will not change when adding or removing identical vehicle units.

To be considered as an identical vehicle, the following must apply:

• Axle spacings must be identical to the existing vehicles (no tolerance for axle spacing variation)

• The vehicle must be approved at the same level of PBS compliance and at masses no greater than those already approved

• The overall length of the combination must be within the same access class as previously approved.

The NHVR recently sought feedback on its PBS tyre review. Find out more here

"This means that existing access permits no longer require updating as the VA number will remain the same," NHVR chief engineer Les Bruzsa says.

"The NHVR will continue to use the same VA number for minor and administrative changes, such as corrections and tyre option updates."

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