NHVR targets grain harvest loading standards

Regulator aims to achieve nationally consistent standards

NHVR targets grain harvest loading standards
A Southern Regional Transport grain truck


The National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) is seeking operator feedback on different heavy vehicle loading schemes used during grain harvest across Australia with a view of developing national standards.

Currently, different state schemes apply in New South Wales, Queensland, Victoria and South Australia, while a scheme outside the Heavy Vehicle National Law (HVNL) also operates in Western Australia.

Each scheme allows for a variety of allowances, including increased loads of up to 10 per cent, depending on the state.

NHVR executive director freight and supply chain productivity Peter Caprioli says the Grain Harvest Management Schemes Review issues paper looks at the various opportunities and challenges that exist with the current schemes, and options to achieve national consistency.

"There are currently a range of schemes operating nationally with allowances for mass and operational conditions that vary significantly in each state," Caprioli says.

"Developing a set of national standards has the potential to increase cross-border access, which would help boost regional industries and economies through better connected regions."

Read the regulator's fatigue management submission to the HVNL review, here

Caprioli adds grain transport costs can represent up to 30 per cent of total production costs.

"The review may recommend developing a set of national standards in relation to Grain Harvest Management Scheme operator accreditation, vehicle conditions, grain receiver processes and other applicable conditions to ensure consistency for operators and businesses.

"We want to hear from farmers, operators, road managers and drivers about what works well and what doesn’t so that we can get the best outcome for industry."

Submissions close on October 18. More information for operators can be accessed here.


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