Performance-Based Standards (PBS) vehicles will soon be able to use a broader range of tyres, encouraging the take-up of safer, more-productive vehicles in the Australian heavy vehicle fleet.
National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) CEO, Sal Petroccitto, said the recent Infrastructure Transport Ministers’ Meeting supported the NHVR’s leadership in reforming the PBS scheme to enable a new standardised tyre approach using a set of tyre properties and data for PBS assessments.
“This decision will allow us to streamline the current approach, which requires vehicles in the PBS scheme to have their on-road performance assessed using specific tyre types and brands,” said Petroccitto.
“Industry has told us this approach is complicated, creates unnecessary costs, has operational limitations and discourages participation in the PBS scheme.
“Under the new approach, any brand of tyre can be used on a PBS vehicle, as long as an assessment shows the design passes the relevant PBS standards.
“This will provide operators with greater flexibility, increase productivity, and reduce costs without impacting safety or performance.
“We’re keen to roll this out as soon as possible, so industry can start to reap the benefits.”
The NHVR has developed the data for different tyre sizes and will consult with customers from September about implementation arrangements.
The standardised tyre approach will use specifications based on the Michelin XZA tyre, which was used to develop the current PBS standards.
“This approach will enable the PBS scheme to better support the next generation of smarter, safer and more-productive vehicles,” said Petroccitto.
Acting Chairman of the Australian Tyre Industry Council, Silvio de Denaro, welcomed the introduction of the standardised trye approach.
“Finally! For tyres, at least, this reform of the PBS system will mark the end of what had become an aberrating set of rules,” he said.
“While most of our members were inconvenienced by this outdated standard, the real beneficiaries will be productivity, as well as freight operators and truck and trailer manufacturers.
“We appreciate the efforts of the NHVR in addressing this challenge and look forward to working with regulators to address other challenges.”
The NHVR would like to thank everyone who has been a part of this initiative, in particular the Australian Tyre Industry Council, Truck Industry Council, Heavy Vehicle Industry Australia and the Australian Trucking Association.