Trailer Magazine, in the lead-up to next month’s special Performance-Based Standards (PBS) report, has reviewed the most popular news and editorials featuring high productivity combinations for the period November 2018-19.
The uptake of PBS equipment is on the rise throughout Australia along with the number of fleet operators willing to elaborate on their PBS success stories.
In March, vegetable grower, Rocky Lamattina & Sons, told Trailer Magazine that while the benefits of a B-triple over a B-double are reasonable, moving to the B-quad enabled the company to reach a critical mass in that it now has the means to haul virtually the equivalent of two B-double loads with vastly reduced running costs compared to operating two individual B-doubles.
The business gained approval to operate B-quads in Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland.
As the B-quad travels one way fully loaded with bins of carrots at a Gross Combination Mass (GCM) of close to 104.5 tonnes and returns with just the weight of the empty bins, the company has been able to secure different permits for each leg, enabling a shorter journey on the unladen leg.
The company also commented on superior aerodynamics and improved tyre life. Read more here.
Another PBS-approved combination that has taken the industry by storm is Tieman’s ‘Super Triple’, which is reported to the largest triple road train to operate in Australia.
To achieve the best payload in the safest and most productive manner, Steve McWhirter of Great Southern Fuels, specified a new Tieman ‘Super Triple’ combination which has a GCM of 168 tonnes and is approved to travel on Level 4 roads delivering approximately 142,000 litres of diesel fuel to remote mine sites in Western Australia.
Another Tieman innovation that has piqued the interests of Trailer Magazine readers is the PBS ‘Super Pocket’.
Pocket road trains are the common transport configuration in Western Australia for most hauliers and those designs have changed over many years with the main limitation being the 27.5m overall length allowed – 6×4 and 8×4 trucks are the common type of trucks used and payloads of approximately 78-83kl of diesel with a tri-axle dolly can be achieved depending on truck selection and the duty of the freight task.
The ‘Super Pocket’ that Stevemacs Bulk Fuel Haulage took delivery of earlier this year has a GCM of 111 tonnes and has been approved to be used on Level 2 routes out of Kewdale and Coogee fuel terminals to key regional centres in WA.
As the modern road tanker niche sees plenty of innovation, the container haulage segment is also taking advantage of the latest PBS builds.
Our special report on the A-double, published March 2019, revisited the question ‘can the A-double change the trucking industry?’. It covered the history of the A-double and offered insight into what the future may hold for growing road networks to make way for these high productivity combinations.
Surprisingly, a story published early 2018 about a WA fleet maximising productivity with a new road train continues to attract interest.
Jamieson Transport commented on a quin road train combination from Bailey’s Body Builders which has PBS approval to run 720km round trips between Port Hedland and authorised mines in Western Australia, hauling iron, manganese and copper concentrate. This combination has a GCM of 200 tonnes and a payload capacity of 139 tonnes. Read more.
PBS vehicles are designed to perform their tasks as productively, safely and sustainably as possible, according to the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR). These vehicles are tested against 16 stringent safety standards and four infrastructure standards to ensure that they can stop, turn and travel safely. PBS vehicles fall into one of four levels, and have corresponding levels of road networks to which they have access.