VIDEO: Heavy vehicle tips for harvest in WA

Regional roads advice for light and heavy vehicle drivers

VIDEO: Heavy vehicle tips for harvest in WA
A still from one of the videos


With harvest underway for 2018 in Western Australia, meaning freight routes becoming busier with heavy vehicles transporting grain, a joint project has released advice for heavy and light vehicle drivers to enhance road safety.

The Road Safety Commission, together with the Toodyay RoadWise Committee and Transafe WA, produced multiple videos explaining ways to keep safe and avoid unwanted situations over the summer.

Themes include renewed calls to respect heavy vehicles on the roads and ensuring chain of responsibility (COR) obligations are met.

Acting Road Safety Commissioner Iain Cameron says all drivers, even locals driving in their local area, must avoid complacency on regional roads.

"With more trucks transporting grain on our country roads over the next couple of months, we need to stay alert and share the roads responsibly," Cameron says.

"Be safe when sharing the roads with heavy vehicles this harvest, ensure it’s safe before over taking longer trucks and be aware of the driver’s blind spots."

Toodyay RoadWise chair Bob Neville urges light vehicle drivers to remain respectful of heavy vehicles on the road.

"If you see a harvest vehicle or any big truck, just respect them," he says.

"You’ve got to respect each other on the road, and please respect the bigger truck because they can do a lot of damage, and we don’t want to see you damaged on the road."

Transafe WA chair Steve Post advises those transporting grain to abide by COR legislation.

"You certainly need to get your masses right," Post says.

"There are penalties not only within the state system of Main Roads, but also in the CBH system, that you could be fined by any amount of grain you’re over your mass limit."

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