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Six-axle combinations popular in grain haulage

Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) has released the NSW Grain Harvest Management Scheme (GMHS) Report for harvest period July 2015 to June 2016, showing growth in six-axle combination use.

The data was received from 18 of 21 Participating Grain Receivers in the Scheme, said RMS Freight Branch Acting Director, Susie Mackay.

“This confirms the importance of the scheme in continuing to provide significant benefits to regional communities through promoting the safe and productive movement of grain.”

“The scheme is also meeting its objectives of protecting road infrastructure and facilitating the safe movement of grain through low levels of overloading and saving an estimated 9,525 one-way trips,” said Mackay.

80 per cent (9,578,057 tonnes) of the grain deliveries for the period were delivered using the GHMS concession, with six-axle combinations moving almost 39 per cent of the total grain transport task.

Following the data, Moree Plains Shire Council, which had deferred participation in the GHMS, has resolved to participate in the Grain Harvest Management Scheme for the 2017/18 harvest season.

“Unlike other levels of government, I want to give the industry a chance to demonstrate some responsibility with this Scheme into the future," said Mayor, Katrina Humphries.

"So, we have approved the scheme for the last quarter of this year. However, Council has reserved its right to opt out of the Scheme should the statistics demonstrate that there are serious repeat offenders or that the rates of non-compliance are continuing to increase."

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