The impact of weighing methods on logging trucks in Australia
A project was carried out to investigate the impact of four different weighing methods on over/under loading of forestry trucks operating in New South Wales.
Researchers from the University of the Sunshine Coast considered two types of roads in this study; gazetted (approved for higher legal gross vehicle mass limits (GVML)) and non-gazetted (standard public road gross vehicle weight limits). For all the technologies tested, it was found that there was a substantial under-loading issue ranging from 5.3 to 6.4 tonnes per load on gazetted roads, while the same technology achieved a much better outcome on nongazetted roads with a range of 1.4 tonnes under-loaded to 0.1 tonnes over-loaded on average.
The results point also to a more significant role for policy and methods than the technology used for in-forest weighing in achieving effective payload management in forestry haulage.
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