Oversize ag vehicle rules relaxed
An 11th hour decision to allow oversized vehicles to operate on most country roads at Christmas and Easter has been welcomed by farmers across WA.
The State Government announced on Thursday, November 6, it had revised its rules around the movement of oversized agricultural vehicles, “, ensuring that the industry can operate efficiently during its busy seeding and harvest periods”.
To ensure the safety of tourist traffic - for the past 15 years a curfew has applied to oversized vehicles over the Easter and Christmas periods - preventing them from moving across the State’s road network during WA’s two busiest holiday seasons.
The changes come after industry pressure and a Main Roads WA review of the curfew.
The has been lifted on all except Perth metropolitan roads and 11 major regional transport routes.
The curfew will only apply to agricultural vehicles above 5.5m in width.
Curfew details include:
The curfew for oversize agricultural vehicles now only applies to the following roads:
- All roads within the metropolitan area
- Albany Highway
- Brand Highway
- Brookton Highway
- Bussell Highway
- Forrest Highway
- Indian Ocean Drive
- Muir Highway
- North West Coastal Highway (Geraldton to Kalbarri turn-off)
- Northampton Kalbarri Road
- South Coast Highway
- South Western Highway
Curfew changes include:
Former Christmas curfew period: From sunset on December 23 to sunrise on December 27 and sunset on December 30 to sunrise on January 4.
Current Christmas curfew period: From sunrise on the Friday until sunset on the Sunday (weekend prior to Christmas day) and then from sunrise on December 24 to sunset on January 3.
Former Easter curfew period: From sunset on the Wednesday (April 8, 2020) before Good Friday, until sunrise on the Tuesday (April 14, 2020) after Easter Monday.
Current Easter curfew period: From sunrise on the Thursday before Good Friday (April 8, 2020) until sunset on the Tuesday (April 14, 2020) after Easter Monday.
In association with the review of the movement of agricultural vehicles, Main Roads WA 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.
WA Transport Minister Rita Saffioti said the changes came about after a review into the curfews “applying to the movement of agricultural vehicles following operational concerns raised by the industry”.
“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,” she said.
“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.”
Labor MLC Darren West said the revised curfew balanced the agriculture industry’s needs and road safety.
“On behalf of all farmers, I thank Minister Saffioti for taking action on this important issue,” he said.
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