participating in this module must be able to demonstrate their vehicles are
never loaded beyond the relevant mass limits.
Mass Management Accreditation encourages heavy vehicle
operators to take more responsibility for loading their trucks correctly and
ensuring their trucks are not overloaded. It helps you to manage your business
more efficiently, partly because you will have clear procedures for ensuring
your trucks are not overloaded, and partly because there will be reduced risk of
penalties arising from mass offences. It should also lead to greater road
If you are an accredited operator you must ensure your vehicles are well maintained so they meet all
relevant safety standards.
The benefits to
operators can include:
productivity and efficiency;
correct loading of
vehicles the first time, with consequent savings;
life and lower maintenance cost;
meeting duty of
relationships with enforcement agencies; and
reduced impact of
Extra Payload depending on combination of
Benefits to the community include better and more consistent compliance with road safety standards by heavy vehicle
operators and preservation of the road asset.
If you are an accredited operator, you must know what your trucks weigh
when they are loaded to ensure they do not exceed the relevant mass
You need to keep a record of the loaded weight for each trip so you can
prove the trucks were within relevant mass limits.
It is up to you to decide how you are going to prove your vehicles’ weight
when they are loaded.
You could use a weighbridge, on-board scales; estimate the weight from the
volume of the load or a combination of methods.
The important thing is that you write down the method you use, and explain
how it works. This will be your Mass Management System.
To stay accredited you need to have documents which prove your method
works and your trucks are not overloaded.
In part, this means keeping your records of vehicle weights. You must also
be able to prove you always follow your written procedures.
Performance standards have been developed to ensure everyone in the
scheme has achieved the same standard of compliance.