Farmers, contract harvesters, transport companies and agricultural machinery retailers are invited to attend the Be Road Ready For Harvest Field Day on Thursday, 10th August at the Forbes Central West Livestock Exchange.
The Field Day, supported by the Australian Custom Harvesters Association, NSW Farmers, WFI, Roads and Maritime Services, NSW Police and the Parkes, Forbes and Lachlan Shire Councils, will kick off with a free breakfast at 8am.
Local Australian Custom Harvesters Association Member Bob Wythes, says the aim of the Field Day is to provide information about the current regulations for safely and legally moving agricultural vehicles and combinations on the road.
NSW Farmers Parkes/Forbes Branch Chair Gavin Tom says: “NSW Farmers continuously work with RMS to ensure the needs of farmers are understood, and this hands on Field Day is a perfect way to get everyone together with the machinery that is the subject of this work.” The highlight of the day will be an interactive machinery inspection session conducted by Roads and Maritime Services and NSW Police. This session allows people to clarify what the requirements are for various vehicle and combination dimensions, safety equipment and pilot/escort vehicles.
Attendees will receive a copy of the 2017 Moving Harvest Machinery Information Kit, with all the relevant notices and information about moving agricultural machinery on the road. If the machinery or combination doesn’t comply with the dimensions set out in the general notices, a specific permit may have to be applied for.
The Field Day will also feature presentations from the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator about the National Agricultural Notice, Chain of Responsibility and other access issues.