NSW RMS tight lipped on weighbridge evasion fines

The NSW Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) is considering its position as the State Government faces the possibility of paying back weighbridge evasion fines.

Doubt has been cast over signage for checking stations and the charges used to prosecute drivers who avoid them after Magistrate Alan Railton last week dismissed with costs one fine and refused a guilty plea in a second case. The RMS, formerly the Roads and Traffic Authority (RTA), is tight-lipped about its intentions.
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NSW weighbridge evasion fines in firing line

A part-time truck driver’s misfortune the F3 in NSW has helped throw more doubt on fines for evading weighbridges.

Apparent signage and administrative shortfalls at the former Roads and Traffic Authority (RTA), now the Roads and Maritime Services (RMS), have now led to at least three cases being either thrown out or awaiting an RMS decision regarding an appeal. The latest case to be rejected involves Richard Mainey, a Port Macquarie tool-making business owner who has a truck licence but had not driven one on a freeway since 2006.
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RTA looks to cotton transport concessions

NSW cotton growers and transporters are likely to soon see the fruits of negotiations to allow for baled cotton loads to have the same concessions as wool and hay/straw loads.

Cotton Australia has been battling for concessions on several fronts including vehicle dimensions and oversized loads. The Road and Traffic Authority (RTA) says it is seeking to introduce a concession to allow the transport of baled cotton loads to an overall width of 2.7 metres.
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Cotton Australia to meet RTA and police over big crops

Cotton Australia has hailed its industry’s transport compliance performance during the recent bumper recent harvest.

The representative body is moving to deal with regulatory issues regarding transport due to the expectation of last year’s 4 million bale harvest rising to 5 million bales in 2011/12. It will conduct a meeting in Moree on October 25 between growers and transporters and New South Wales Road Transport Authority, Police Highway Patrol and local councils to help smooth the way.
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