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Heavy vehicle regulator urges caution during grape harvest

Mar 25th 2022

Heavy vehicle regulator urges caution during grape harvest

The National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) is reminding operators of heavy vehicles transporting grapes to put in place safety measures to protect other road users.

The National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) said operators should pay attention to their mass, loading, fatigue and work and rest hour requirements under the Heavy Vehicle National Law.

"Operators risk grapes spilling onto the road if a vehicle's load isn't adequately managed and restrained," the NHVR said in a media statement.

"Vehicles carrying liquid and loose bulk goods such as grapes must secure the load to minimise the effect of load movement on vehicle stability.

"Ensure grapes are at least 200mm below the top of the tipper trailer or bin to reduce the likelihood of any spillage caused by changing gears, braking, or turning."

NHVR said operators should factor rest breaks into driver scheduling to ensure the safety of the driver and other road users.

For more information, visit the NHVRs website.

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