Transport infrastructure and regulations are recognised as a key issue for primary producers. At PPSA’s suggestion, the 90-Day Change @ SA Improving Road Transport for the Agriculture Industry Project – a partnership between Primary Producers SA, PIRSA and the Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure. It surveyed producers in three areas – extension of existing routes for different trailer combinations, first and last mile access issues, and movement of machinery on public roads.
Download the report here (approx 900kb).
Night movement of machinery
From September 1, 2016, primary producers wanting to move machinery at night can apply for a permit. The new permit system enables farmers to move agricultural vehicles and combinations up to the following sizes:
- Zone 3 (Adelaide Hills and some Zone 4 councils): up to 3.7 metres wide and 19m long
- Zone 4 (Country SA): up to 4m wide and 25m long
The night movement permit includes several requirements in terms of pilots, lighting and complying with existing machinery movement conditions of which farmers need to be aware.
The change is a result of the 90-Day Change @ SA Improving Road Transport for the Agriculture Industry Project – a partnership between Primary Producers SA, PIRSA and the Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure.
- The Primary Producers SA fact sheet outlines what farmers need to do to move machinery at night and how to apply. It is a two-page summary in easy-to-understand terms about what’s required.
- The SA Government’s Agricultural Vehicles webpage (scroll down to Heavy Vehicle National Law – permit-based schemes) contains the full detail of the permit information.
- Each council has had to approve the night movement permits for their region. There is a list available online
- With harvest approaching, growers should be remind themselves of the general requirements of machinery movement as outlined in the Code of Practice for Oversize and Overmass Agricultural Vehicles.
Feedback sought on machinery wider than 4m
Primary Producers SA has released a survey for producers to provide more information on how they would move machinery wider than 4 metres if it were part of the new night movement permits system.
In August 2016, the Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure announced a new permits system – in consultation with PPSA and Primary Industries and Regions SA – for moving machinery less than 4m wide and 25m long at night in country SA. Previously, only grape harvesters had been allowed to be moved at night because of the cooler harvesting conditions required.
Chairman Rob Kerin says PPSA has been working with DPTI and in conjunction with the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator since permits applications opened on September 1, to see how increased widths beyond 4m might be accommodated.
“The overwhelming feedback, from the grains industry through Grain Producers SA in particular, has been that there would be further efficiencies gained for their businesses if we could move machinery wider than 4m at night,” he said.
“Both DPTI and the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator would need to approve such a change and so PPSA has been able to negotiate that we can gather information on how, where and when producers would move machinery at night to help inform that decision.
“Producers should remember that four weeks ago, there was no capacity at all to move machinery at night so every step we make here is a step in the right direction. We understand the need to be able to move all machinery to maximise growers’ productivity but we have to work with DPTI and NHVR and their need to ensure a safe road environment to all users.”
Fill out the survey at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/WiderThan4mSurvey
PPSA has representatives on the Heavy Vehicle Industry Forum and Road Safety Stakeholder Reference Group.