5% leeway for grain transport
THIS harvest season, Victorian heavy vehicles carrying grains will be given a 5% margin of error in a state-first scheme.
Minister for Roads and Road Safety Luke Donnellan has announced the Grain Harvest Management Scheme will allow heavy vehicles, except for road trains, to increase their load when delivering grain to receivers who are also participating in the scheme.
The change is expected to boost safety and productivity by reducing the number of trips between farms and grain receivers during the harvest season from October 1, 2017, to April 30, 2018.
It is often difficult for farmers to estimate the weight of grain when loading it from paddocks onto trucks and many farmers often underload their trucks as a result.
While a 5% loading concession will be allowed, drivers must not exceed their vehicles’ manufacturer ratings.
Vehicles must also comply with the uniform national standards for vehicles built after January 1, 2002, that encourages the use of newer and safer vehicles.
Heavy vehicle operators will need to apply to VicRoads for a label which will be displayed on their windscreen and will need to carry documentation that shows the vehicle’s year of manufacture.