Reassessment of the benefits and impacts of the use of high productivity vehicles on Australian highway pavements

This report reassesses the benefits and impacts of using High Productivity Vehicles (HPVs) and proposes a method to consistently quantify pavement vertical loading of an individual vehicle design. Australia’s Performance Based Standards (PBS) scheme, formalised in 2007, does not include a performance requirement for pavement vertical loading. This project makes progress towards establishing such a standard. The method comprises a number of steps to evaluate the impacts and benefits of the introduction of HPVs to a road network. The method presents vehicle comparison metrics for vertical pavement loading. These are offset against calculations to quantify the productivity, safety and environmental benefits achievable through the introduction of HPVs. Further work is required to incorporate this report’s contents into a PBS rule, particularly with regard to the creation of a pricing scheme capable of transferring a portion of productivity-related savings to road managers for the increased cost of road maintenance.

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  • Pagination: 101p

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  • Accession Number: 01635194
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: ARRB
  • ISBN: 9781925451634
  • Report/Paper Numbers: AP-R541-17
  • Files: ITRD, ATRI
  • Created Date: May 24 2017 1:43PM