Safe driving urged during harvest

23 September 2014

All road users are reminded to take extra care on our roads in coming weeks, with a significant increase of heavy vehicles expected during this season’s grain and grape harvests.

The Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure (DPTI) Director of Transport Safety, Trent Rusby said there is the potential for a significant increase in truck movements on our roads at this time of year.

"The grain harvest will soon be underway in the Yorke Peninsula, Lower Eyre Peninsula and mid north so it is vital that motorists be on the lookout and drive to the conditions, he said.

"Harvest periods tend to coincide with holiday periods so it is essential holiday makers are very aware of the limitations of heavy vehicles in terms of stopping distances and ease of movement.

"This increase in heavy vehicle movements will continue on the roads until the end of the grain and grape harvest seasons well into the New Year.

"I encourage all motorists and holiday makers to be on the lookout for long vehicles and those with heavy loads, as they take longer to slow down or stop than light vehicles.

"Please also remember to stick to the speed limit and allow yourself plenty of room to
overtake safely.

“Also, for safety’s sake we urge heavy vehicle drivers and companies to do the right thing by making sure they are complying with the law and their industry regulations to ensure the roadworthiness of heavy vehicles,” Mr Rusby added.

South Australian Road Transport Association (SARTA) will hold with DPTI speakers a briefing tomorrow at the Port Lincoln Hotel – 1 Lincoln Highway, Port Lincoln - on the transport safety for the grain harvest.

DPTI investigation and compliance officers will discuss steps that need to be taken to ensure grain is moved safely from the farm gate.

Last season 270 thousand truck movements were recorded as grain was transported from farms to silos. In total 150 trucks breached their mass limits, with five drivers responsible for 42 offences.

The State Government will continue to work with SAPOL, the trucking industry, pastoralists and businesses to ensure the road is safe for all users during this year’s grain harvest.

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