"PBS approved vehicles make up an estimated 20-25% of all new vehicles currently registered in Australia." NHVR, Dec 2017

"As Volvo has a team of local engineers that understand the Australian regulations, conditions and our unique PBS scheme, Volvo has the knowledge and experience to guarantee the vehicles will be suitable and high quality, which is a capability we couldn’t find in some other OEMs."


The Performance-Based Standards (PBS) Scheme offers businesses the potential to achieve higher productivity and safety through innovative and optimised vehicle design.

A key criterion to operating with PBS is the meeting of high safety standards – an area in which Volvo Trucks has always been a market leader. Today, through our safety technologies combined with our dedicated Application Engineering team, we are helping customers who demand high productivity to achieve PBS approval.

Interested to learn more? Read our in-depth customer story, where our customer discusses their PBS journeys and how PBS has changed the way they do business.

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What is PBS?

As defined by National Heavy Vehicle Regulator the Performance-Based Standards scheme is defined as:

"The Performance-Based Standards (PBS) 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. The scheme has been in operation since October 2007."