Users will comply with the requirements of the Transport Act 1987 and Transport Law Reform Act 1991 and Traffic Regulations or the appropriate legislation of the time, when transporting fertiliser by road. Under this Act, it is the driver’s responsibility to ensure that:
- all freight is correctly restrained,
- any hazardous substances are segregated correctly,
- the driver’s licence has the appropriate endorsements, and
- any safety equipment required, which is provided by the carrier, is used.
The carrier (freight operator) is responsible for ensuring that their drivers meet these requirements.
Fertiliser products need to be kept free of any foreign material throughout all transport, storage, and handling. Loading and unloading procedures should be designed to minimise segregation of fertiliser components (i.e. fertiliser mixes and blends separating out into their various component products) and to prevent changes to the particle size and size range of the fertiliser.
General requirements for the transport of fertilisers are:
- vehicle decks shall be such that fertiliser cannot spill during transport,
- vehicle decks shall be cleaned so that no contamination or chemical reaction of fertilisers carried can occur. The wash down shall occur on areas where there is no runoff into a waterway or a storm water system.
- all loads of fertiliser products shall be securely covered to prevent dust blowing from the truck and to prevent moisture uptake by the product, and
- when unloading fertiliser the driver should ensure that all fertiliser is removed from the vehicle decks.
All carriers shall be aware of the requirements of the Operators Handbook for the Transport of Hazardous Substances by Road (Land Transport Safety Authority)