Victoria

Cutting travel times for farmers during harvest season

The Victorian Government is helping Victorian farmers spend less time on the road this 2017 harvest season by allowing heavy vehicles to transport five per cent more grain in a state-wide first.

Victorian Minister for Roads and Road Safety Luke Donnellan 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 will boost safety and productivity by reducing the number of trips between farms and grain receivers during the harvest season from 1 October 2017 to 30 April 2018.

This scheme will grant farmers some leeway when loading trucks with grain at their busiest time of year, allowing heavy vehicle operators and other drivers to drive safer and move more of their product on time.

It is often difficult for farmers to estimate the weight of grain when loading it from paddocks on to trucks and many farmers often under load their trucks as a result.

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

Vehicles must also comply with the uniform national standards for vehicles built after 1 January 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.

The Grain Harvest Management Scheme will be evaluated by VicRoads after the first year.

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

Source: Vic Government