Heavy ve­hi­cle boost was worth the weight

McIvor Times - - LOCAL CLASSIES -

VICROADS has said it is sup­port­ing farm­ers dur­ing har­vest sea­son by al­low­ing larger loads on ap­proved heavy ve­hi­cles un­der the Grain Har­vest Man­age­ment Scheme.

On­line ap­pli­ca­tions for the next sea­son are now open and al­low par­tic­i­pants to in­crease their load by five per cent, re­sult­ing in fewer trips by trucks de­liv­er­ing grain to par­tic­i­pat­ing re­ceivers.

Eric Hen­der­son, VicRoads’ di­rec­tor of heavy ve­hi­cle services, said the scheme gives op­er­a­tors greater abil­ity to trans­port more grain safely.

“We know that the grain har­vest sea­son is a busy time of year on our roads, with farm­ers and heavy ve­hi­cle op­er­a­tors trans­port­ing big loads across the state and we’re here to sup­port them,” Mr Hen­der­son said.

“Safety is our num­ber one pri­or­ity, which is why the scheme is avail­able to op­er­a­tors with newer and safer ve­hi­cles made on or after Jan­uary 1, 2002.”

Mr Hen­der­son said older ve­hi­cles can con­tinue to op­er­ate as they have done so in pre­vi­ous years.

Fol­low­ing on from the suc­cess of last year’s scheme, the sea­son will be ex­tended from Oc­to­ber 1 through to May 30, 2019 to re­flect in­dus­try feed­back.

To ap­ply for the 2018 Grain Har­vest Man­age­ment Scheme, visit vicroads.vic.gov.au

‘ Safety is our num­ber one Hen­der­son pri­or­ity ’ — Eric

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