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Heavy vehicle roadworthy workshop for farmers

To support National Farm Safety Week, Grain Producers SA (GPSA) will host a free heavy vehicle roadworthy workshop next week aimed at helping farmers ensure their trucks are compliant when out on the road.

Primary producers can attend the ‘Roadworthy Heavy Vehicles… Made Easy!’ workshop at the Jamestown Football Club to receive practical information on road safety and compliance.

The workshop presentations include:

  • Understanding the National Heavy Vehicle Inspection Manual by Natwide Personnel
  • Heavy rigid, semi-trailer, and B-double vehicle simulation training by South Australian Road Transport Association
  • A heavy vehicle safety inspection demonstration by the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator
  • A heavy vehicle roadworthiness maintenance demonstration by Kelly Bros

The workshop was co-funded by the Australian Government through the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator’s (NHVR) Heavy Vehicle Safety Initiative.

“The workshop provides a forum for primary producers in SA to discuss how to effectively manage heavy vehicle compliance; freeing up the sector to prioritise production and trade,” said Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Catherine King.

“Farmers are an essential part of the supply chain so it’s important they uphold their chain of responsibility obligations, ensuring safer outcomes for themselves and all road users.”

GPSA regional field officer Shane Gale said this National Farm Safety Week, primary producers should focus on farm work environments and the risks and hazards that combine when using public roads.

“The Jamestown Roadworthy Heavy Vehicles … Made Easy! workshop is designed to upskill primary producers on heavy vehicle safety and make compliance easier to understand.

“The feedback we have received already from surveys and focus groups as part of our Moving Ag Machinery … Made Easy! project has identified heavy vehicle maintenance and roadworthiness as key safety and compliance issues primary producers wanted to better understand.”

On the day the NHVR’s safety and compliance officers (SCOs) will provide guidance and education on what they look for when checking a vehicle.

“Our SCOs will demonstrate a roadworthy assessment using a Vehicle Inspection Trailer to discuss the key maintenance areas they focus on,” said NHVR CEO Sal Petroccitto.

“This workshop gives participants the opportunity to openly ask any questions on vehicle compliance, have their vehicle inspected and receive vehicle maintenance tools and tips.”

The workshop will run on Monday July 18 from 9.30am to 3pm at the Jamestown Football Club, Kilmarnock Street, Jamestown, SA. To attend the workshop, register here.

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