Performance Standards for Heavy Vehicles in Australia

This conference paper, from the 2001 meeting of the Institution of Professional Engineers New Zealand (IPENZ) Transportation Group, reviews the performance standards for heavy vehicles in Australia (National Road Transport Commission, 1999). The authors discuss the principles that form the foundations of these Performance-Based Standards (PBS) and describe the process that will be followed in determining what and how vehicles can operate under the system. Under existing regulations, vehicles that meet certain requirements are allowed generally unrestricted access to the entire road network. Under PBS, in determining whether a specific vehicle can operate on a particular road, the vehicle's capabilities and the relevant road standards and traffic conditions can be examined jointly to decide whether the vehicle can be granted access. The authors identify 25 proposed performance standards against which the Australian heavy vehicle fleet will be tested. The authors also compare three computer simulation models using a standard set of input data, in an effort to eliminate concerns about the accuracy of available computer models. Readers are referred to a number of other reports published by the NRTC ( for more in-depth technical background on topics discussed herein, including policy principles, selecting and setting performance standards, and assessing computer simulation models.


  • English

Media Info

  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: Appendices; Figures; References;
  • Pagination: 17p
  • Monograph Title: Institution of Professional Engineers New Zealand (IPENZ) Transportation Group. Technical Conference Papers 2001

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01047264
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS, ATRI
  • Created Date: Apr 29 2007 11:00AM