Operation Harvest Moon to target heavy vehicle compliance during peak harvest season
15 October 2015
Roads and Maritime Services is carrying out a statewide roadside enforcement operation to ensure heavy vehicle operators and grain receivers are compliant with vehicle mass limits under the NSW Government’s Grain Harvest Management Scheme.
“Operation Harvest Moon is targeting non-compliant heavy vehicles operating over-mass to ensure the safe movement and delivery of grain during the peak harvest season as part of a rolling mobile enforcement operation throughout NSW,” Roads and Maritime Director Safety and Compliance Peter Wells said.
“The Grain Harvest Management scheme was introduced by the NSW Government to help farmers and transport operators move grain from paddocks to silos more efficiently.
“Under the scheme, small variances in load limits are permitted for vehicles transporting grain from farms to the nearest participating grain receiver, designed to protect roads and increase productivity during the critical harvest period.
“With the peak harvest season now under way it is crucial heavy vehicles being operated as part of these assignments are compliant with road transport law and any associated risks are properly managed.
“Roads and Maritime inspectors will be carrying out road patrols on all major routes, visiting receiver sites and checking inbound vehicles to ensure appropriate compliance, with penalties to apply for any breaches.
“As part of last year’s operation, almost 5,000 vehicles were inspected resulting in 82 weight breaches, 61 defect notices issues and two major groundings. These numbers show real improvement and we acknowledge the significant work achieved to reach this good level of compliance.
“We want to also ensure these numbers are reduced and remain on a downwards trend.
“Any individual in the Chain of Responsibility who breaches dimension, load restraint and mass regulations risk fines exceeding $10,000, and off road logistics and freight companies even higher, in excess of $50,000 for each offence.
“These strong laws focus on ensuring all parties in the ‘chain of responsibility’ take all reasonable steps to ensure the driver complies with the law.