Growers and contractors in Queensland intending to cart modules during the 2019 harvest are being encouraged to take steps now to have their extended trailers inspected and certified.
Law changes around modifications to cotton transportation trailers in Queensland come into effect in January 2019.
A number of years ago, Cotton Australia negotiated with the Queensland Government to gain permission to extend the length of trailers, when used in road train configuration, to allow each trailer to legally carry six full-sized round modules.
At the time, the Queensland Government provided an exemption to the requirement to have any structural modifications inspected and certified. However, with the advent of the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator, this exemption had a sunset clause inserted.
As of January, 2019, all modifications, including on existing trailers, will have to be certified.
Growers are encouraged to take steps now to have their extended trailers inspected and certified.
Information on Approved Vehicle Examiners accredited to approve heavy vehicle modifications can be obtained from the Department of Transport and Main Roads.
Additional information can be found through the following links: