Roads and Maritime Services regularly conducts investigations into aspects of the road freight industry.
Grain harvest industry
Investigation into load practices by grain consignors at farm gate to receival practices by NSW grain receival sites. Roads and Maritime identified significantly overladed heavy vehicle transporting grain from farms sites to grain receival site via the state and local road network:
- Investigations commenced 2006 with an additional investigation 2008
- Investigators attended a number of industry forums to deliver Chain of Responsibility (CoR) education package - CoR strategy should combine education and enforcement
- Roads and Maritime has worked with the grain industry to improve productivity and efficiency in the grain transport task
- Transport for NSW and NSW grain industry approved a trial of a new Grain Harvest Management Scheme for 2013/14
- The scheme was developed by the Freight and Regional Development Division of Transport for NSW in consultation with NSW grain industry stakeholders
- Under the scheme, eligible vehicles and combinations may exceed regulated total mass limits by up to 5% when delivering wheat, barley, rice, oats, canola and legumes from farms to Participating Grain Receivers
- 54 Council areas throughout NSW and seven grain receivers agreed to participate in the scheme
- The scheme will be maintained as a ’local productivity initiative’ following the commencement of the Heavy Vehicle National Law.
Investigation into fatigue, loading and effluent control practices by livestock transport operators:
- Roads and Maritime Investigators commenced education program with Livestock industry 2010 - CoR strategy should combine education and enforcement
- Investigators visited numerous Local Government Authorities, saleyards, Abattoirs and Stock and Station Agents delivering CoR education package
- Investigators attended a number of industry conferences including Saleyards Operations and Feedlot Association to deliver CoR education package
- Livestock Industry Conference identified a number of areas to improve industry compliance including:
- Road Safety – CoR - CoR strategy should combine education and enforcement
- Last Mile - Roads and Maritime needs to have a strategy to improve bridges
- Livestock Loading Scheme/Pilot - NSW is 3 – 5.5 tons worse off than other states
- 2012 NSW Government implemented a new NSW Livestock Loading Scheme to enhance productivity and protect jobs in the NSW meat and livestock industry
- The scheme was developed in consultation with meat and livestock industry stakeholders, the Local Government and Shires Associations and Transport for NSW Freight and Regional Development Division
- The scheme includes measures to minimise road pavement wear, protect vulnerable bridges and reduce the incidence of livestock vehicle roll-overs.
Wool bales transport
Investigation into the loading practices (dimension) by wool transport industry:
- Roads and Maritime Investigation and Enforcement Officers identified problem with over-width wool bales transported on NSW roads (2010):
- Legal load in NSW not to exceed 2.5mts
- Legal action commenced and drivers of heavy vehicles carrying over-width wool bales issued with traffic infringement fines
- Roads and Maritime and wool industry representatives such as NSW Farmers’ Association and NatRoad (National Road Transport Operators Association) have worked together to respond to the needs of stakeholders and customers while ensuring the safety for all road users is not compromised
- 2011, NSW Government issues wool bale concession to a maximum width of 2.7 metres
- Class 3 Baled Agricultural Commodities Load Exemption Notice 2012 remains in force up to and including 30 April 2017.