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2019/10/07 to 2019/10/08

When: 7 - 8 October 2019
Where: Durban, KwaZulu-Natal  
South Africa
Les Bruzsa, Chief Engineer: NHVR (Australia)


Course Introduction

Based on successful initiatives in Australia, New Zealand and Canada, the South African Performance-Based Standards (PBS) pilot project was launched under the banner of Smart Trucks in 2007, offering an alternative means of heavy vehicle regulation. The PBS approach promotes vehicle safety and productivity. Under the SA PBS framework, a proposed vehicle is required to pass 12 safety-governing standards and must be shown to cause less road wear than prescriptive (baseline) vehicles. The project currently comprises over 285 Smart Trucks from 22 commercial transport operators across South Africa, with a total of approximately 175 million kilometres travelled to date. Smart Trucks have shown significant benefits over prescriptive vehicles, including a 45% reduction in crashes, a 13% reduction in fuel consumption and, as result of the increased payload efficiency, a saving of 8.2 million kms and over 71 000 trips per year. These two-day courses are presented by lecturers from the CSIR and Wits under the banner of the RTMS. Our guest speaker is Les Bruzsa, Chief Engineer from the NHVR in Australia. As a Chartered Professional Engineer, Les Bruzsa holds a Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering and his background involves more than 33 years’ experience in various fields of the road transport industry both in Australia and in Europe. Les is one of the founding fathers of PBS in Australia.

The course is intended for any person involved in the South African heavy vehicle transportation industry. The course will provide a high-level overview of PBS as well as in-depth explanations of the 12 PBS standards, as per the Australian Performance-Based Standards Scheme, which is administered by the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR). These standards will be presented interactively, with several group exercises.

For more details download the brochure: Smart Truck course brochure_Oct 2019, or visit:


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