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Vehicle Operators Handbook

The Viterra Vehicle Operators Handbook provides contractors and their vehicle operators with an understanding of Viterra’s requirements in regards to Viterra sites, health and safety and vehicles and vehicle hygiene.

Contractors undertaking work at a Viterra site must have a valid SitePass registration. Their company and their own registration must show that all relevant information/inductions have been uploaded/completed.

Traffic management plans

All drivers must follow site traffic management plans and directions given by employees including obeying all speed restrictions and signage at all times.

Safety on site

Contractors and their vehicle operators need to be aware of and follow all safety requirements, in particular those outlined in Safety on site.

Uncontrolled vehicle movements

In order to protect the safety of all personnel associated with our operation it is a requirement that:

  • vehicles accessing Viterra sites be adequately maintained ensuring that all brakes be in good working order
  • park brake alarms, where installed, be used
  • park brakes be applied at all times prior to leaving the vehicle cabin

If you require disengagement of brakes for the purposes of discharging your load (for example tip over axle vehicles) you will be required to implement a safe system of work to the satisfaction of Viterra staff. Please contact your Regional office to discuss this prior to harvest.

After reviewing any incident of an uncontrolled vehicle movement, Viterra may take appropriate and necessary action. This may include requiring evidence of certification, roadworthiness and denying access to sites if a vehicle is deemed to be unsafe.

Management of heavy vehicle mass

two big trucksAnyone driving a vehicle carrying grain must ensure they are aware of and comply with all Chain of Responsibility requirements, including heavy vehicle mass management.

Viterra works with the grain industry, the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) and Police to implement measures that reduce heavy vehicle overloading and promote compliance with transport regulation.

Prior to commencing a grain movement the driver needs to consider:

  • all accreditations needed
  • the vehicle combination used, and
  • the appropriate route from the loading point to the delivery site.

Driver Declaration of Legal Mass

The driver is responsible for determining the vehicle’s legal mass limit and is required to declare the legal mass of their vehicle at a Viterra site.Drivers are required to declare the mass of their vehicle via the Mass Limit Code. This code is linked to the legal mass of the specific vehicle configuration, including accredited vehicles. The Mass Limit Code is recorded on the Weighnote.

Declaring the wrong code on a Weighnote or exceeding the legal gross vehicle mass limit constitutes an offence that may be dealt with by the NHVR.

Operation of Vehicles at Higher Mass Limits or by Permit

Mass management sticker

Drivers claiming vehicle mass limit entitlement higher than general mass are required to provide evidence.

All vehicles claiming a Higher Mass Limit (HML) or Concessional Mass Limit (CML), which include mass codes starting with the letters C, H or GH, must:

  • be accredited under the National Heavy Vehicle Accreditation Scheme (NHVAS)
  • clearly display the accreditation label on the vehicle, and
  • If in South Australia, comply with the South Australia Heavy Vehicle Farm Gate Grain Transport Exemption (Notice) 2015.

All vehicles claiming a Permit-based Mass Limit, with a mass code starting with P, must provide the permit number.

Failure to provide supporting evidence of the mass limit entitlement, via either NHVAS accreditation or permit, will result in the vehicle being treated as operating at the General Mass Limit.

The required NHVAS accreditation label number is highlighted (left).

Please contact the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator on 1300 696 487 if you require more information on the accreditation and permit schemes.

Management of overloaded vehicles

When a vehicle is loaded, the loader and driver have a responsibility to ensure the vehicle is not loaded in excess of its permitted mass limit.

Viterra is required to monitor all vehicles entering and leaving its facilities. If a vehicle enters any Viterra site overloaded to any extent, the Weighnote will be marked with a mass breach warning.

Viterra employees will advise drivers of overloaded vehicles of any requirements to ensure site safety and safe management of the vehicle.