The State Government today announced amendments to the Road Traffic Act for Towed Agricultural Implements, which will make transportation of farming equipment much easier for all Western Australian farmers.
Minister Assisting the Minister for Planning and Infrastructure, Ljiljanna Ravlich, said the amendments had strong industry support and she was particularly pleased that they would be in place in time for the harvest.
“These amendments are a result of extensive consultation between the Department of Planning and Infrastructure, Main Roads WA, the WA Local Government Association, WA Police, the WA Farmers Federation, the Farm Machinery Dealers Association, Pastoralists and Graziers Association and the Motor Trades Association,” Ms Ravlich said.
The changes would, for the first time, allow farmers to transport overwidth and overlength equipment in various combinations across roads without the need to disassemble, saving time during the busy and demanding harvest period.
The gate-to-gate management plan ensured that crossings were only set up on roads where safety to other road users was not compromised.
“We are confident that efficiency will be further enhanced as combinations that could only be used on the road in the day time will also be able to cross roads at night time,” Ms Ravlich said.
“The State’s farmers have had mixed fortunes this season and while those in the south are experiencing a particularly good year, we understand that farmers in the northern and eastern regions of the Wheatbelt have not been so fortunate.
“This Government acknowledges their hardships and hopes that this Amendment effectively translates as one less issue for our State’s farmers to consider in their daily work as they commence harvesting.”
Minister Ravlich said changes in policy and regulation such as the Amendment provided a strong example of industry and Government working together to achieve positive and practical on-the-ground outcomes.
“These changes demonstrate the Carpenter Government’s ability to implement policy that benefits farmers and also satisfies the needs of a broad spectrum of stakeholders,” she said.
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