South Australian farmers are invited to have their say on possible changes to their ability to move machinery on roads at night.
Primary Producers SA, in conjunction with the Ag Bureau of South Australia, is currently seeking feedback through an online survey on three options for night travel exemptions.
The call for comment is part of the PPSA-initiated 90-day Transport Project. It started in December 2014 when producers were urged to identify transport hotspots and regulatory issues around SA.
These hotspots were collated through the project – a partnership between PPSA, the Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure (DPTI), and Primary Industries and Regions SA (PIRSA) – and issues are being addressed in consultation with farmers.
PPSA Chairman Rob Kerin says there has already been significant changes to transport regulations because of the 90-day project, netting tens of millions of dollars in savings for primary producers in transport costs.
“Movement of machinery on public roads is the next issue to be identified as an impediment to farming with modern machinery,” Mr Kerin said.
“Because of the requirement for grain harvesting to be carried out at night, the proposal is to extend a night travel exemption to all agricultural machines and combinations.
“At present, the only oversize agricultural machines that are allowed to travel on public roads at night are grape harvesters and canola windrowers.”
A discussion paper on night movement of machinery is currently out for comment. It outlines three options for producer feedback in the DPTI’s Zone 3 (Adelaide Hills) and Zone 4 (country SA). In summary, these include:
- Option 1: Provide a night travel exemption for agricultural machines and combinations at 3.7 metres wide and 19m long (zone 3) or 4m wide and 22m long (zone 4).
- Option 2: Provide a night travel exemption for agricultural machines and combinations up to 3.7m wide and 25m long in both zones.
- Option 3: Maintain the status quo until the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator reviews all exemptions across Australia and moves to make them consistent. No date has been set for this.
“In the coming months, discussion papers will be put out on various issues such as night movement, width and length of farm machinery. The aim is to modernise regulations to better reflect modern machinery without impacting on public safety.”
Farmers can either provide written comment or fill in the survey. To see the discussion paper and have your say, visit http://www.ruralconnect.com.au – if you are already a member, just log-in and access the survey on the Pinboard section or new visitors can sign-up quickly for free. Contact Primary Producers SA for a copy on 08 8297 2299.
Interview contact: Rob Kerin, PPSA Chairman, 0439 933 103