Victoria increases payload under harvest scheme
Victoria has followed New South Wales in implementing a 5 per cent increase in payload to trucks carrying grain during the harvest season of October 1 to April 30, 2018.
The Grain Harvest Management Scheme allows participants a 5 per cent mass concession above the statutory general mass limit.
It’s available to anyone transporting grain from a farm to a participating grain receiver, provided the vehicle is manufactured on or after January 1, 2002.
Currently just three grain receivers – Emerald Grain, Viterra and Broadbent Grain – are on the VicRoads list.
Victorian Transport Association ( VTA) CEO Peter Anderson welcomes the announcement.
“Provisions made for bigger loads mean fewer trips for operators, which will improve their pro t and safety margins,” Anderson says.
According to VicRoads, the scheme has been initiated partly due to the di culty of accurately loading trucks on farms with grain.
The 5 per cent leeway allows trucks to be loaded to their capacity without fear of breaching regulations.