Regional road sharing campaign to aid harvest safety

Heavy Vehicle Safety Initiative cash funds multi-media message to road users

Regional road sharing campaign to aid harvest safety
Michael McCormack


With the summer harvest season gets due to get underway, a campaign is being readied to improve regional road sharing between large agricultural vehicles and other road-users

The National Farmers’ Federations’ (NFF) ‘Common Roads, Common Sense’ effort is being funded with $250,000 from the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator’s (NHVR’s) Heavy Vehicle Safety Initiative (HVSI) program, with support from the federal government.

It will pay for an educational message through a series of radio, on-line and video clips targeting regional road users throughout the nation.

Federal infrastructure, transport and regional development minister Michael McCormack notes that the NFF has developed a simple three-step process to help guide motorist behaviour – Look Out, Slow Down and Take Care.


Read the latest on the Heavy Vehicle Safety Initiative’s fourth round, here


"The aim of this campaign is to ensure other road users in regional areas are more aware of how to best respond to large agricultural machinery, when sharing the roads," McCormack says.

"The safe and efficient movement of large farm machinery on public roads provides multiple benefits; including helping to safeguard an essential operational component of Australia’s agricultural sector.

"This will assist all road users, and ensure our hard working farmers can get on with the job of being the world’s best food and fibre producers."

NHVR CEO Sal Petroccitto said large agricultural vehicles made up an important sector of Australia’s heavy vehicle fleet.

"I welcome the NFF’s commitment to road safety and to building a shared culture between general road users and farmers," Petroccitto adds.

Funding applications for Round 4 of the HVSI were revealed last week, giving the green light to submissions for other projects aimed at saving lives and reducing road trauma.

More information can be found here.


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