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.
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.
When travelling from home base under standard driving hours the National Driver Work Diary is not compulsory, however it is recommended to record travel. View the guideline form to use.
View the Fatigue Management for Farmers – Guidance Sheet
View frequently asked questions about the National Work Diary Exemption – Primary Production
Visit the NHVR website
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Regulations on agricultural vehicles
Drivers of agricultural vehicles, or operators transporting agricultural vehicles, must comply with the relevant gazette notices, codes of practice, and guidelines.
Mass overloading tolerance for grain
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)
Grain Carriers Code of Conduct
Growers must be familiar with rules for transporting grain outlined in the Grain Carriers Code of Practice (the Code). DPTI and NHVR are updating the Code to an access notice to meet the legal requirements under the HVNL.
Download the Grain Carriers Code of Conduct
Oversize or overmass vehicles and loads
State based notices covering the operation of heavy vehicle access including have been replaced with National and State notices made under the Heavy Vehicle National Law (HVNL).
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’s immediate family members and employees who hold a class C (car) licence can be issued with a restricted licence to drive heavy tractors and other farm machinery over 4.5 tonnes without the need to undertake a practical driving test and obtain a heavy vehicle licence.
Applications must be in writing and these applications are processed at a Service SA Customer Service Centre. The licence holder’s name and address, date of birth, licence details and a statement that the person is required to drive these vehicles in the operation of the farming property should be included in the application.
Download the 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
New South Australian Heavy Vehicle Notices - Agricultural Vehicle driven on roads
The South Australia Class 1 Agricultural Vehicle Mass and Dimension Exemption Notice 2019 has been re-drafted to ensure consistency with Heavy Vehicle National Law to ensure access for vehicles operating under the notice continues for the SA road network.
Changes of note include
- The inclusion of night travel for agricultural machinery in approved Council areas,
- The removal of the requirement to carry the notice.
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