A number of schemes have been implemented in NSW to address supply chain challenges and improve the efficiency of freight transport for producers and operators.
Grain Harvest Management Scheme
The Grain Harvest Management Scheme (GHMS) facilitates the movement of grain from farms to grain receivers during the peak harvest season. It protects roads and bridges, promotes the safe movement of grain across the state and supports the competitiveness of the NSW grain industry in national and international markets.
Under the scheme, eligible heavy vehicles may exceed regulated total mass limits by up to 5 per cent when delivering grains to participating grain receivers in participating council areas.
The scheme was originally trialled by Transport for NSW in 2013 and an independent review found it should continue for future harvests. You can read the full review here.
The GHMS is now administered by Roads and Maritime Services.
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Livestock Loading Scheme
The Livestock Loading Scheme (LLS) enhances productivity and protects jobs in the meat and livestock industry in NSW. It allows eligible vehicles to carry a greater number of animals in one movement and to operate at higher mass limits (HML) with specific conditions.
The scheme, developed in consultation with meat and livestock industry stakeholders and the (then) Local Government and Shires Association, includes measures to minimise road pavement wear, protect vulnerable bridges and reduce livestock vehicle rollovers.
In 2015, a review found if it was taken up by a greater number of councils it had the potential to deliver savings up to $10.2 million annually on livestock transport costs, equating to 7,000 fewer truck trips.
You can read the full review here.
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Sugar Cane Harvest Management Scheme
The Sugar Cane Harvest Management Scheme (SCHMS) assists the NSW sugar industry to efficiently manage the cane transport task from June to December during the harvest.
Under the scheme, eligible delivery vehicles may exceed regulated total mass limits for specific cargo by up to 5 per cent. This applies to plantation to sugar cane mill deliveries, operated by Sunshine Sugar, on approved roads within participating council areas and across the 4.6m high state road network.
Subject to satisfactory compliance this scheme will be extended for future harvest seasons in conjunction with the Roads and Maritime.
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Safety, Productivity and Environment Construction Transport Scheme
The Safety, Productivity & Environment Construction Transport Scheme (SPECTS) is a voluntary scheme aimed at helping enable the efficient movement of construction materials by allowing enrolled trucks to carry more materials in return for meeting higher environmental and safety standards.
The scheme applies to government projects and all other construction projects across Sydney, Wollongong and Newcastle.
Operators can lodge an application with Roads and Maritime.
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