The Queensland Government has opened up some of Queensland’s major freight routes to a new generation of safer and more innovative heavy vehicles, according to Queensland Minister for Transport and Main Roads Scott Emerson.
He said reforms to the Performance Based Standards (PBS) network would improve productivity, advance road safety and reduce carbon emissions.
“The first round of these reforms allowed PBS-approved trucks to use an additional 470km of freight routes in South-East and North Queensland,” Minister Emerson said.
“These class 2B trucks are up to 30 metres – about four metres longer than class 2A trucks – and must meet a set of stringent nationally-agreed safety and performance criteria.”
“Meeting these standards and matching the right trucks to the right routes will increase productivity, safety and protect roads and bridges from excessive wear and tear.”
The PBS scheme is a nationally agreed process for assessing new and safer innovative trucks, and the Minister said the expansion of the network for PBS level 2B will improve the movement of freight across Australia.
For more information on PBS in Queensland and maps of approved routes, visit the Performance Based Standards page.