Night movement of machinery

One of the first issues to be pursued as part of the 90-Day Project was permits allowing movement of machinery at night.

Producers were surveyed in January 2016 on three options for night movement outlined in a discussion paper from DPTI. Applications for night permits were opened on September 1 for farmers and operators of oversize agricultural machinery or combinations. Previously, only grape harvesters and canola windrowers were allowed to be moved at night because of the cooler harvesting conditions required.
The permit system enables farmers to move agricultural vehicles and combinations up to the following sizes:

  • Zone 3 (Adelaide Hills and some Zone 4 councils): up to 3.7 metres wide and 19m long
  • Zone 4 (Country SA): up to 4m wide and 25m long

The night movement permit includes several requirements in terms of pilots, lighting and complying with existing machinery movement conditions of which farmers need to be aware.


The Primary Producers SA fact sheet outlines what farmers need to do to move machinery at night and how to apply. It is a two-page summary in easy-to-understand terms about what's required.

The SA Government's Agricultural Vehicles webpage (scroll down to Heavy Vehicle National Law - permit-based schemes) contains the full detail of the permit information.

Each council has had to approve the night movement permits for their region. There is a list available online
With harvest approaching, growers should be remind themselves of the general requirements of machinery movement as outlined in the Code of Practice for Oversize and Overmass Agricultural Vehicles.
Read the PPSA and GPSA media release announcing the new permit conditions

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