Ag vehicles need space more than ever, regulator says

Ag vehicles need space more than ever, regulator says

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GIVE US ROOM: The national regulator has urged drivers to leave more space between them and agricultural vehicles.

GIVE US ROOM: The national regulator has urged drivers to leave more space between them and agricultural vehicles.

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A warning to road users during National Farm Safety Week.

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Australia's National Heavy Vehicle Regulator has urged road users to give agricultural vehicles extra space on the road ahead of the harvest season and as volumes of livestock heading to saleyards start to increase.

The call comes during National Farm Safety Week which runs between July 18-24 to raise awareness of farm safety issues in rural communities across Australia.

NHVR chief executive Sal Petroccitto said the recent increase in people moving to regional communities meant there was more traffic for agricultural vehicle drivers to navigate during the up-coming harvest.

"We know up to four out of five crashes involving a heavy vehicle are caused by light vehicle drivers, so it's important motorists understand how to safely share the road with heavy vehicles," Mr Petroccitto said.

"Tractors, grain harvesters and air seeders all have limited turning ability, visibility of other vehicles, speed range and space on our roads.

"If you're travelling near an agricultural vehicle, please be patient, reduce your speed, maintain a safe following distance of two seconds or more, and only overtake if it is safe to do so.

"Mr Petroccitto said if an oversized ag vehicle approached you from the opposite direction, you may need to pull over safely to let them pass.

"It's these simple tips that will help reduce risk for all road users and ensure everyone arrives safely at their destination - whether it's to the silo, stockyard or home," he said.

For more information about sharing the road safely with heavy vehicles, visit weneedspace.com.au.

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