RMS busts illegal grain-running operation out of Queensland

By: Brad Gardner

NSW authorities strike against Queensland trucking firms hauling grain above regulated mass limits.


New South Wales authorities have put the skids on an illegal grain-running operation out of Queensland that skirted around heavy vehicle regulations to load beyond legal mass limits.

The NSW Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) has revealed to Owner//Driver details of a practice involving Queensland-based trucking firms travelling into NSW and loading grain to higher mass limits (HML) and above despite not being accredited to do so.

The Queensland-bound rigs were then attempting to dodge the heavy vehicle camera detection system on NSW roads when heading back across the border to deliver their loads.

None of the trucks had Intelligent Access Program (IAP) accreditation, which is a requirement for HML access in NSW.

"What we found was there were a number of operators running from Queensland into NSW, not participating in the scheme whatsoever, not registered in it but loading to HML and perhaps even higher and scooting back to Queensland," RMS general manager of compliance operations Paul Endycott  tells Owner//Driver.

RMS officers, including chain of responsibility investigators, were despatched to areas where reports of non-compliance were occurring, and Endycott says the agency now has the problem under control.

"I think we have [it under control]. Those operators have been contacted. The inquiries continue and where we’ll take those I’m not prepared to say at the moment," he says.

Endycott did not name the companies involved in the practice.

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