5% lee­way for grain trans­port

Big Rigs - - NEWS -

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.

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