Performance Based Standards (PBS)

Performance Based Standards (PBS) offers the potential for heavy vehicle operators to achieve higher productivity and safety through innovative vehicle design.

Rather than assessing a vehicle based on prescriptive limits, PBS focuses on how well a vehicle behaves on the road, through a set of safety and infrastructure protection standards. We are committed to supporting the use of innovative PBS vehicle combinations delivering safer, higher productivity vehicles on WA roads.

Should you wish to introduce an innovative vehicle which is outside the scope of any of our existing permit products, we encourage you to seek approval by following the steps outlined below. 

WA and National PBS Processes

If you only intend on operating your PBS vehicle in WA, please follow the steps outlined below. 

If however you wish to operate your vehicle across Australia, you will need to negotiate road access through each State or Territory road authority. The National Heavy Vehicle Regulator administers the National PBS Scheme, assessing and approving PBS designs on advice from the PBS Review Panel. 

It is strongly recommended you contact us prior to engaging a PBS Assessor to seek 'in-principle' approval. Once a PBS approval is granted by NHVR, a permit will be required from us in order for your PBS to operate within Western Australia.

Applying for WA PBS

PBS Audit Framework

Vehicle combinations approved under the PBS scheme are assessed, certified and approved based on a specific vehicle design. To ensure PBS vehicles continue to perform to a high standard, PBS Audits are carried out.

In-line with the WA Performance Based Standards (PBS) Scheme - Audit Framework, audits ensure vehicles approved under the PBS Scheme are being maintained to their defined specifications and as such continue to meet the safety standard on which their initial approval was granted.

Approved PBS Networks

Approved WA PBS networks are available via the RAV Mapping Tool or via the road tables below:

RAV Map

RAV Map

Approved roads (network tables), restricted structures and agricultural pilot zones are provided in one easy-to-use map.

RAV Mapping Tool »

60 metre Road Train Signage

Due to Level 4B PBS vehicles (up to 60 metres in length) being the longest road trains approved to operate on the public road network, additional signage is considered necessary to ensure other road users are aware extra caution is needed when overtaking. Refer to the following documents for signage specifications.

Acknowledgement of country

The Government of Western Australia acknowledges the traditional custodians throughout Western Australia and their continuing connection to the land, waters and community. We pay our respects to all members of the Aboriginal communities and their cultures; and to Elders both past and present.

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