SA and Viterra compliance effort hailed a success

South Australian Government sees joint effort with Viterra having measurable effect on grain truck mass awareness

February 28, 2013

South Australia's
transport authorities have hailed progress on harvest-related trucking compliance.

The Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure (DPTI) says
its joint initiative with Viterra has lowered the number of overclaims on legal mass limits by drivers during the recent grain harvest season.

"According to the results we have received, the number harvest deliveries involving drivers over-claiming what they can legally carry has dropped from 24 percent to 14 percent of the total number of prime-mover/single trailer deliveries," the Department’s Compliance Support Section Manager David Rogers states.

The initiative involved Viterra changing its delivery forms requiring drivers to declare their National Heavy Vehicle Accreditation Scheme (NHVAS) accreditation number.

"This simple change in documentation just made it easier to keep track of the heavy mass limit a driver had," Rogers says.

"It really forced a radical change in culture towards compliance."

The joint action followed meetings between Viterra and the Department’s Heavy Vehicle team after the 2011-12 season about the degree of non-compliance.

"This illustrates how Viterra takes on their chain of responsibility duties seriously," Rogers says.

"It is also shows that by changing the culture you enable a more level playing field to develop.

"In the lead up to implementing this initiative the Department’s Transport Safety Compliance Section was receiving a number of complaints from drivers who were doing the right thing, so there was already a degree of awareness within the industry to do something.

"The feedback we are receiving from the farming and carrying communities is that this is one of the best initiatives the Department has undertaken in an effort to ensure compliance and make our roads safer."

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