Pick up free USB, make sure you're moving machinery safely this harvest

HARVEST TIME: Pick up your moving harvest machinery USB at an agricultural supply store. Photo: Supplied
HARVEST TIME: Pick up your moving harvest machinery USB at an agricultural supply store. Photo: Supplied

Agricultural machinery owners and operators are invited to get road ready ahead of the 2021 harvest season, by picking up a free 'Moving Harvest Machinery' USB from local agricultural machinery retailers and rural supply stores in the coming week.

The USBs will also be available at council administration offices.

The 'Moving Harvest Machinery' USBs contain all of the relevant notices for safely and legally moving agricultural machinery, combinations and trucks on the road along with other useful harvest safety information.

Road Safety and Injury Prevention Officer, Melanie Suitor, says it is imperative that all operators be aware of their responsibilities whilst operating over dimensional vehicles this harvest.

"It's looking like it's going to be another great harvest across the region this year, which means lots of extra truck movements and agricultural machinery will be using local roads," Ms Suitor said.

"Safety and compliance during harvest is very important.

"Operators need to be aware of their responsibilities and ensure that all warning devices and travel requirements are adhered to.

"Regulations do change and this USB will help to ensure that people have up to date information.

"We provide these handy credit card style USBs every harvest.

"It has been updated with the most current notices (as of August 2021) and provides other relevant information such as load restraint, chain of responsibility and the Harvesting Fire Safety Guide, to name a few.

"There is also a live 'links' document, which provides the web address for the attachments on the USB."

It is advisable to regularly check the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator's website (www.nhvr.gov.au) for updated notices and/or changes to operating conditions, Ms Suitor said.

"The USBs are always very popular," she said.

"This year there are 1,000 available. Let's work together to have a safe harvest."