This is a ‘tolerance’ of up to 5%, not a permit to overload to 5%.
Loading grain in a paddock is not an exact science so we have been afforded some leeway with regards to overloading.
The first load from any given paddock is the starting point, if overloaded; you must show a decreasing pattern for the subsequent loads from that paddock.
Those in Mass Management (HML & CML) are afforded 2 loads to get it right under a Gazette Notice.
SA Farm Gate Grain Transport Gazette Notice
Those running under General Mass Limits are currently afforded 3 loads from any given paddock to get their tonnage correct. The Grain Carriers Code of Practice is still valid but will be revised in the near future.
The same tolerance principles apply to those loading to general mass limits, if you are overloaded; you need to show a decreasing pattern for the subsequent loads from that particular paddock.
The consequences for serial offenders of overloading is the ability for the grain receiver to provide the NHVR with a list of over loading breaches to be investigated. This scenario is all a part of the Chain of Responsibility; you are in the Chain of Responsibility of the grain receiver, so they have obligations to investigate and put a stop to any continuing breaches.