Cropping

All clear for heavy loads

By Country News

VicRoads is supporting farmers during the harvest season by allowing larger loads on approved heavy vehicles under the Grain Harvest Management Scheme

Online applications for the next season are now open and allow participants to increase their load by 5percent, resulting in fewer trips by trucks delivering grain to participating receivers.

VicRoads heavy vehicle services director Eric Henderson said the scheme gave operators greater ability to transport more grain safely.

‘‘We know that the grain harvest season is a busy time of year on our roads, with farmers and heavy vehicle operators transporting big loads across the state and we’re here to support them,’’ Mr Henderson said.

‘‘Safety is our number one priority, which is why the scheme is available to operators with newer and safer vehicles made on or after January 1, 2002.’’

Mr Henderson said older vehicles could continue to operate as they had done so in previous years.

Following on from the success of last year’s scheme, the season will be extended from October 1 through to May30 next year to reflect industry feedback.

■To apply for the 2018 scheme, visit: vicroads.vic.gov.au