Performance-Based Standards (PBS)

What is PBS?

Performance-Based Standards (PBS) offers an alternative regulatory system which allows heavy vehicle combinations to achieve higher productivity and safety through innovative and optimised vehicle designs.

As stated by the National Heavy Vehicle Register (NHVR), “PBS approved vehicles are designed to perform their tasks as productively, safely and sustainably as possible, and to operate on networks that are appropriate for their level of performance. The basic principle of PBS is matching the right vehicles to the right tasks”.

Under PBS vehicles are assessed according to 16 minimum vehicle performance standards to ensure they are stable on the road and can turn and stop safely. Additionally, there are four infrastructure protection standards.


Some of the benefits offered by PBS

  • Increased gross combination mass
  • Increased cubic capacity
  • Improved productivity and freight efficiency
  • Innovative and optimized vehicle designs for specific applications
  • More flexible combination and vehicle design rules
  • Improved safety
  • More sustainable transportation task

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Since Performance Based Standards were introduced in Oct 2007, there has been over 16,000 separate PBS registered vehicles.

MaxiTRANS continues to be the single biggest producer of PBS approved combinations for our customers.

So don’t hesitate to contact us and see how our in-house PBS experts can help you.

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