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.
All drivers must follow site traffic management plans and directions given by employees including obeying all speed restrictions and signage at all times.
Contractors and their vehicle operators need to be aware of and follow all safety requirements, in particular those outlined in Safety on site.
In order to protect the safety of all personnel associated with our operation it is a requirement that:
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.
Anyone 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:
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.
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:
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.
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.
Ensure any vehicle that is carrying grain meets the required cleanliness standards as per the Prior Load Matrix. Growers using carriers must ensure the carrier’s truck is clean before loading the grain as growers are accountable for the delivery of grain.
The Prior Load Matrix outlines the correct procedures for cleaning your vehicle to the acceptable standards, in line with what has previously been carried in that vehicle.
The matrix covers vehicles carting commodities and products handled by Viterra.
Vehicles are required to be fit for purpose and presented clean upon arrival. Vehicles and tarpaulins that are not cleaned or free of contaminants will not be loaded.
It is mandatory to declare the last load for grower receivals. All other movement-types require the last three loads to be declared.
Growers should also refer to the full Viterra Road vehicle hygiene requirements.