Performance Based Standards Vehicle Approval - Australian Capital Territory


You will need this approval if you have built a heavy vehicle according to an approved performance based standards (PBS) design approval. A heavy vehicle is a vehicle with a gross vehicle mass (GVM) or an aggregate trailer mass (ATM) of more than 4.5 tonnes.

To gain this approval a PBS approved certifier will inspect the heavy vehicle to ensure that it was built according to the design specifications. If the certification inspection is satisfactory, an approval will be issued.

Your vehicle may have restricted or be denied road access in certain states. If you are notified of any restrictions placed on your vehicle you will need a class 2 performance based standard access approval.

Service type


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Eligibility requirements

Please consult the Contact Officer for more information regarding eligibility requirements.


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Act(s) name

Heavy Vehicle National Law (ACT) Act 2013 Australian Capital Territory

Application process


When you are submitting a PBS vehicle approval, you must have regard to:

  • the relevant approved guidelines and rules
  • the advice of the PBS Review Panel.

Your application must be made with the approved form and accompanied by:

  • the PBS design approval on which the heavy vehicle was built
  • a certificate for the vehicle issued by a PBS approved certifier
  • any other information requested.

Administering agency

National Heavy Vehicle Regulator

Contact details

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