RMS to focus on brakes
Roads and Maritime Services sees room for improvement on brakes in rural areas
COMPLIANCE IN THE NSW
INDUSTRY segment involved in primary produce transport stacks up quite well but Roads and Maritime Services ( RMS) sees room for improvement on brakes – and not just in rural areas.
“Roads and Maritime Services will focus on heavy vehicle brake roadworthiness as part of its ongoing compliance and enforcement operations,” a spokesperson confi rms to ATN.
“This is in response to an increasing number of brake defects across the heavy vehicle fleet.”
Livestock, Bulk and Rural Carriers Association ( LBRCA) representatives received recently a ‘ Compliance Snapshot’ update for the 12 months to May 2017 from the government agency.
The snapshot includes information based on intercepts and notices issued to heavy vehicles carrying bulk grain commodities such as wheat, canola, sorghum and barley.
During the reporting period, more than 17,900 heavy vehicles were intercepted while carrying such loads, and of these: • 3900 offences were identified
resulting 856 notices being issued • 1.9 per cent of all notices issued were minor defects and 0.3 per cent major defects. “The overall notice to vehicle unit intercept rate was 4.8 per cent, which is below the average notice to intercept rate for the HV fl eet, RMS reports.
More than 2400 defect-related faults were identified, with heavy vehicles carrying primary produce
These included 2132 ( 88 per cent) of the defects identifi ed being minor, while 289 ( 11 per cent) were major in severity.
The most significant major defect fault type relates to brakes, at 41.5 per cent, while 1079 offences (27 per cent) were mass-related and 344 breaches (32 per cent of all mass breaches) resulted in a direction to reduce load.
“Not surprisingly, brakes are approximately 24 per cent of major defect faults across the heavy vehicle fl eet and will be a focus for RMS enforcement and compliance activities in the next fi nancial year,” the LBRCA says.