RMS to fo­cus on brakes

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Roads and Mar­itime Ser­vices sees room for im­prove­ment on brakes in ru­ral ar­eas


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.

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