Grape Harvester Operators – Speak up

Riverland Grape Harvester operators are encouraged to join the chorus of primary producers having a say on possible changes to machinery movement on roads at night.

The Winegrape Council of SA (WGCSA) is a member of Primary Producers SA (PPSA). These two organisations are working in conjunction with the Ag Bureau of South Australia, seeking feedback via an online survey on three options for night travel exemptions. This is part of the PPSA-initiated 90-day Transport Project, which started in December 2014 when producers were urged to identify transport hotspots and regulatory issues around South Australia.

The 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 have 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.

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 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,” said Mr Kerin.

Winegrowers can provide written comment or preferably fill in the simple on-line survey.

To see the discussion paper and complete the survey, visit rural connect or contact Kate 8584 5816.

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