Vic­to­ria in­creases pay­load un­der har­vest scheme

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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.

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