Performance-based standards: recent developments in Australia

Over the two years since the 8th Symposium, the development of the Performance Based Standards (PBS) regime for regulating the weights and dimensions of heavy vehicles in Australia has progressed significantly. Performance Based Standards will be an optional regime in lieu of the standard regulatory prescriptive regime of regulating maximum and minimum allowable heavy vehicle weights and dimensions. The PBS project is being undertaken in six phases, some concurrently, as follows: Phase A: Performance Measures and Standards, Phase B: Regulatory and Compliance Processes, Phase C: Guidelines, Phase D: Legislation, Phase E: Case Studies, Phase F: Implementation. This paper outlines the progress and issues encountered with relevant Phases. For example, Phase A is now virtually complete but some of the Performance Measures and Standards have been the subject of rigorous review, particularly the infrastructure standards. Phase B is nearing completion. Significant progress has been made with Phase C, particularly the completion of the Rules for Assessment of Potential PBS Vehicles, a major work detailing how assessments of the PBS Standards either by numerical modelling (computer simulation) or field testing must be undertaken. Some case studies from Phase E will also be outlined.


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Media Info

  • Pagination: 11p
  • Monograph Title: 9th International Symposium on Heavy Vehicle Weights and Dimensions, June 18-22, 2006, Pennsylvania State University, State College, Pennsylvania

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01388842
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: ARRB
  • Files: ATRI
  • Created Date: Aug 23 2012 1:20AM