Transport and heavy vehicles

Grain Producers SA has compiled the relevant legislation, codes and guidelines that affect grain producers in transporting grain and moving agricultural machinery as well as the licences and documentation required for these activities.

Transporting grain

Fatigue management and work diary requirements

In October 2015, the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) updated requirements around fatigue management for farmers and the National Work Diary exemption. The NHVR has information on its website and has developed fact sheets to help growers’ understand what is involved.

View the Fatigue Management for Farmers – Guidance Sheet
View frequently asked questions about the National Work Diary Exemption – Primary Production
Visit the NHVR website

Summary for Producers - 2016 Grain Cartage

This summary is a guide to explain the grain cartage rules as at October 1, 2016. It includes information on the Grain Carriers Code of Practice, mass management regulations and fatigue.

View the 2016 Grain Cartage fact sheet

Regulations on agricultural vehicles

Drivers of agricultural vehicles, or operators transporting agricultural vehicles, must comply with the relevant gazette notice. Through Transport SA, the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator has information on the South Australia Heavy Vehicle Farm Gate Grain Transport Mass Exemption Notice 2015 (No.1)

View the Information Sheet
View the Gazette Notice
Visit the Transport SA website

Grain Carriers Code of Conduct

Growers must be familiar with rules for transporting grain outlined in the Grain Carriers Code of Practice. The code sets out the responsibilities of growers, loaders, carriers and receivers in meeting mass, dimension and load restraint rules, as well as fatigue management and speed. It also details paddock loading procedure and what constitutes a breach of Chain of Responsibility legislation.

Download the Grain Carriers Code of Conduct

Oversize or overmass vehicles and loads

The State Government has outlined requirements for pilot vehicles and the role and responsibilities of pilots and police escorts accompanying oversize and/or overmass vehicles and loads travelling on roads under an exemption issues by Transport Safety Regulation.

Download the Code for Oversize or Overmass Agricultural Vehicles
Download Escorting Guidelines Oversize or Overmass Vehicles and Loads

Heavy vehicle routes using RAVnet

RAVnet is an interactive online map system that displays approved heavy vehicle route networks in South Australia through the Department for Planning, Transport and Infrastructure. Restrictions associated with specific route networks are also included.

Visit the RAVnet Online Map website

‘Avoid a downhill disaster’ – Rule 108

For public safety, truck drivers must follow Australian Road Rule 108 when descending on a steep road. This law means that when you are driving a truck or a bus on a road with the sign trucks and buses must use low gear, you must drive in a gear that is low enough to limit the speed of your vehicle without using the foot brake.

Download the DPTI ‘Avoid a downhill disaster’ brochure

Licences and documentation

Operate agricultural machinery without a HR licence

A farmer or their employee can request a licence restriction to operate tractors and agricultural machinery on public roads as part of their farm operation or at direction of their employer. Applications must be returned to the Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure.

Complete the Licence Restriction Application

Upgrade a truck licence for primary producers

Primary producers can apply for consideration to be given to an immediate family member who requires a higher class of licence to drive a family farm vehicle to transport produce to a silo or other destination. However because of age or driving experience, they do not qualify for the appropriate licence class.

Complete the MR33 Restricted Licence Application

Visit the DPTI My Licence site for more information on Heavy Rigid or Heavy Combination class licences.

Changes to Restricted Access Vehicle documentation

New compliance and enforcement laws saw changes to what documents must be carried in a restricted access vehicle.

View the update at Heavy Vehicle Carriage of Documents Bulletin


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