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MEDIA RELEASE - Portland truck demo biggest in Australia

15 March 2019

Portland Airport will host Australia’s biggest ever truck demonstration next week featuring the latest technology in high performance vehicles.

The National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) in partnership with the Green Triangle Freight Action Committee and Glenelg Shire Council are hosting the exclusive event on Thursday 21 March providing an opportunity for operators, manufacturers and interested industry members to experience the safer vehicle technology administered under the regulator’s Performance Based Standards (PBS) program.

The scheme offers the heavy vehicle industry the potential to achieve higher productivity and safety through innovative and optimised vehicle design.

PBS 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.

PBS vehicles are tested against 16 stringent safety standards and four infrastructure standards to ensure they fit the existing road network and are safe.

In addition to the display, NHVR’s chief engineer Les Bruzsa and manager access Roger Garcia will deliver presentations on benefits of the PBS scheme, PBS trends and PBS performance issues, as well as access related issues.

Glenelg Shire Mayor Cr Anita Rank said the open day would allow local road managers to better understand options to tackle their local freight task.

“The heavy vehicles on show will include an impressive B-Quad, 23m 5-axle truck and dog trailer combination, a 26m A-Double tanker combination and a 30m A-Double combination capable of transporting two 40ft shipping containers,” Cr Rank said.

“The day, which is a first in Victoria, follows the success of earlier heavy vehicle demo days in Townsville, Bundaberg and Toowoomba. We are extremely fortunate to be offered this unique and exclusive opportunity.”

NHVR stakeholder specialist Simone Reinertsen said the event would “be the biggest PBS demo day yet”.

“At least 12 vehicles will be put through their paces, and we’re expecting more than 60 people including industry, Mayors, CEOs and engineers from councils all over Australia to attend,” Ms Reinertsen said.

“Trucking industry representatives will be able to talk directly with councils to get a better understanding of the capabilities of these vehicles. A number of councils are keen to explore how the vehicles can be part of major projects planned in their areas.

“The event is a great opportunity to develop cooperation between the NHVR, industry and road managers to make gains in productivity and safety in Australia’s road freight task.”

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