Wimmera harvest boost for truck loads.
WIMMERA farmers have welcomed a move to increase truck loads during harvest, but believe more work is still needed to improve freight movements.The state government has announced that heavy vehicles will be allowed to transport five per cent more grain this harvest.
Roads and Road Safety Minister Luke Donnellan said the Grain Harvest Management Scheme would allow heavy vehicles, except for road trains, to increase their load when delivering grain to receivers that 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 harvest,” he said.
The scheme will run from October 1 to April 30.
Yesterday's Wimmera MailTimes;http://www.mailtimes.com.au/story/4942686/harvest-boost-for-truck-loads/?cs=224
So this means a semi with a gross vehicle mass of 45.5 tonne, will be allowed to carry 5% more weight.
45.5 x 5% = 2.27 so gross weight goes up to 47.77 tonne
B-Double 68 tonne
68 x 5% =3.4% so their max is up to 71.4 tonneHowever, the scheme will only apply to vehicles built after January 1, 2002. “The need for a registration newer than 2002 is a great concern,” Mr Weidemann said.Warracknabeal farmer and Victorian Farmers Federation grains group president Ross Johns said the scheme would be unworkable because of the 2002 vehicle restriction.
I disagree with these two blokes, the government is on the money, here, I don't think it's in anybody's best interest to be over loading older trucks.
Probably the best comparison I can give you, if you think of the safety features and performance of a car today, compared to a car from 2002, you will get the picture.
Ps; I'm a bit here and there, with this scheme, there are a set of guide lines of which vehicles are to operate under, so why stretch those rules just for the harvest period.
Imagine if we gave a 5% concession on speeding, just over the holiday period, so people could get there and home again, quicker.
When I worked at GrainFlow, Mallala, their weight concession was 7.5%, GrainFlow, Jondaryon, 12.5 % for the harvest period.