Big wheels turn again

Daryna ZadvirnaNarrogin Observer
Rita Saffioti
Camera IconRita Saffioti Credit: The West Australian, Simon Santi

The State Government has lifted its public holiday curfews for oversized agricultural vehicles on all but selected main roads.

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.

Last week the curfew had been lifted on all except Perth metropolitan roads and 11 major regional transport routes, including Albany Highway and Brookton Highway, following operational concerns raised by the agricultural industry.

Transport Minister Rita Saffioti said she instigated the revised rules aimed to ensure the industry can operate efficiently during its busy periods.

“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 association with the curfew review, 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.

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