Heavy vehicle safety is a joint responsibility – wine producers, wine grape growers and transporters of grapes and bottled wine, are required to comply with the Chain of Responsibility requirements under the Heavy Vehicle National Law. This includes ensuring that goods are not overloaded and are secured properly, and that drivers are not encouraged or pressured to speed or drive while fatigued.
To ensure a consistent approach to Chain of Responsibility across wine growing regions of Australia and assist businesses to meet their obligations, SAWIA, in partnership with Australian Grape & Wine (AGW) have recently embarked on a three-year project to the develop a Registered Industry Code of Practice for Chain of Responsibility and Heavy Vehicle Transportation in the national wine industry.
The purpose of the Code of Practice is to assist wine producers, wine grape growers, vineyard and harvest contractors and transporter of grapes to comply with their Chain of Responsibility obligations under the Heavy Vehicle National Law.
Stakeholder meetings will be held for the wine industry to provide industry input, discuss key issues and practical solutions in relation to Chain of Responsibility compliance to ensure any Code of Practice reflect industry needs and requirements. The meetings are aimed at wine producers, grape growers, vineyard contractors and transporters of wine grapes.
A meeting will be held in the Riverland on Thursday, December 17.
More information is available on the SAWIA website.