Notice streamlines PBS access process in VIC

Several High Productivity Vehicle (HPV) designs have been added to a new notice released in Victoria to eliminate the need to apply for access when using main routes in the state.

Operators, from 15 November 2021, will no longer need to wait a further 28 days or more to operate after receiving Performance-Based Standards (PBS) vehicle approval for applicable combination designs.

“While there is still the need to apply for first and last kilometre, operators can use the vehicle on the road with just their vehicle approval,” Smedley Engineers said in a statement. “This means operators will no longer have to tolerate new and expensive combinations sitting in yards, waiting for permits to arrive before they can commence operating.”

The vehicles and combinations reportedly included in this notice include PBS quad semi-trailer (20m length, 50.5 tonnes total mass); PBS Level 2A Cubic (26m length, 68.5 tonnes total mass); PBS Level 2A Mass – Volumetric (26m length, 74.5 tonnes total mass); PBS Level 2B Cubic (30m length, 68.5 tonnes total mass); PBS Level 2B Mass Quad – Tri & Quad Quad B-double (Quad-Tri: 30m length, 73 tonnes total mass & Quad Quad: 30m length, 77.5 tonnes total mass); PBS Level 2B Mass – General Freight (30m length, 85.5 tonnes total mass); PBS Level 2B Mass – Volumetric (30m length, 85.5 tonnes total mass); and PBS Level 3A (36.5m length, 85.5 tonnes total mass).

“This is great news for the industry,” said Smedley’s Engineer, “and for those looking to purchase new equipment that can go to work immediately.”

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