Heavy ve­hi­cles able to carry more grain

Wangaratta Chronicle - - Rural Roundup -

WAN­GARATTA district har­vesters will be able to trans­port five per cent more grain fol­low­ing a change in load­ing ca­pac­i­ties.

Min­is­ter for Roads and Road Safety Luke Don­nel­lan said 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 will boost safety and pro­duc­tiv­ity by re­duc­ing the num­ber of trips be­tween farms and grain re­ceivers dur­ing the har­vest sea­son from Oc­to­ber 1 this year to April 30, 2018.

While a five per cent load­ing con­ces­sion will be al­lowed, ve­hi­cles must not ex­ceed their man­u­fac­turer rat­ings.

Ap­pli­ca­tions to join the scheme can be sent to grain­scheme@roads.vic.gov.au.

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