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A new kind of truck re-ignites interest in decade long industry performance scheme

A specifically designed and manufactured four-trailer road train has just been released under the nation’s leading transport performance based scheme. The release of the B-QUAD in Forbes last week has the region once again interested in new industry technology – with a returned focus on industry innovation.

  BY MADDISON LANGLEY

Coming in at thirty-six and a half metres long, the newly debuted B-Quad is a sight to behold.

And with a payload of up to two hundred and four tonnes –  three times a regular semi-trailer, it has the capacity to revolutionise the transport and agricultural industries.

The unique machine was the star attraction at the Forbes ‘Be Ready for Harvest’ field day.

The annual event, a chance for those in the industry to exhibit the latest on-road technology.

Under the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator’s Performance Based Standards scheme, those within the industry can submit forward truck and trailer combinations which match a specific vehicle to a specific task.

NHVR stakeholder specialist, Time Hansen believes the B-Quad is one of the best examples of the innovation born from the scheme.

“Over the past ten years through the PBS we’ve seen some great combination concepts. However, I think this is by far the best – it’s truly revolutionary and indicative of the benefits that come from the Performance Based Standard scheme. Said Mr Hansen.

We’re hoping the B-Quad will turn some heads and create a wider conversation about the massive impact specifically designed vehicle combinations can have on the industry. – Tim Hansen

A sentiment echoed by Forbes Shire Council General Manager, Steve Loane.

The PBS scheme is all about stretching the boundaries of heavy vehicle design and innovation by testing what’s possible and what’s not. It’s truly exciting to see it here in action. And the interest has been huge! – Mr Loane

According to the National Transport Commission (NTC) PBS vehicles are statistically involved in 46% fewer crashes compared to traditional heavy vehicles.

Currently there are more than 7,000 PBS approved combinations under the scheme.

Rising in popularity, the NHVR has seen a gradual increase in participation within the past three years.

Statistics, according to the NHVR

As a result the NHVR in collaboration with the National Transport Commission have been able to more effectively study the benefits of specifically modified combinations compared to traditional heavy vehicles – and according to Tim Hansen, the results have been more than positive.

There are so many positives to PBS vehicles. I mean, safer roads, less emissions, more freight and less traffic, to name a few. The benefits are there in the statistics.”

As of last year 1 in 6 heavy vehicle manufactured are PBS approved. The industry recognises the benefit and are really getting behind it. – Said Mr Hansen.

 

(Video included has been sent to me by Tim Hansen to publish on 2MCE Extra.)