The Government of Western Australia has revised rules around the movement of oversize agricultural vehicles, ensuring that the industry can operate efficiently during its busy seeding and harvest periods.
For the past 15 years a curfew has applied to oversized vehicles over the Easter and Christmas periods to ensure the safety of tourist traffic. This curfew prevented these vehicles from moving across the state’s road network during Western Australia’s two busiest holiday seasons.
Following discussions with agricultural industry representatives, the curfew has been lifted on all except Perth metropolitan roads and 11 major regional transport routes. The curfew will only apply to agricultural vehicles above 5.5 metres in width.
The curfew for oversize agricultural vehicles now only applies to the following roads:
All roads within the metropolitan area:
In association with the review of the movement of agricultural vehicles, Main Roads Western Australia has developed an Agricultural Combinations Order that will reduce the level of red tape for the agricultural industry.
The changes mean farmers only need to obtain a permit when an over-mass agricultural combination is required to cross a bridge.
"These changes have come about after I asked Main Roads to review the curfews applying to the movement of agricultural vehicles following operational concerns raised by the industry,” said Transport Minister, Rita Saffioti.
"Primarily, the curfews restricted industry operations during seeding over the Easter period and at the other end of the season at harvest time which can extend through Christmas and New Year.
"I thank agricultural industry representative groups for their positive contribution in the development of these practical solutions for the safe movement of agricultural vehicles and equipment,” she said.