Attending theory and practical Roadworthy Heavy Vehicles … Made Easy workshops reinforced the basic understanding Robert Norris and his sons-in-law had of their truck’s roadworthiness.

Farming cereals and sheep at Cowell on the Eyre Peninsula, Robert and his sons-in-law James Martin (pictured) and David Gray run a 1985 Volvo N12 prime mover which pulls a single tipper at seeding and harvest.

Robert and James attended the workshops as they were curious to know if their truck would comply under the criteria of the Heavy Vehicle Inspection Manual.

“We attended the theory workshop at Cowell in March and, following that, we volunteered to take our truck to the practical workshop at Quinn Transport, Cleve,” Robert said.

“That workshop was really useful for us. It helped us identify what to look for when doing maintenance and what the problems were with the truck.

“We knew we had to do some work on the bushes and brake linings on the trailer, which we had planned to do as part of our general maintenance anyway, but from the free inspection at the workshop we found out we really only needed to replace the windscreen washer fluid reservoir and a cracked headlight.”

Despite its age, Robert said his truck is still holding up well from a compliance perspective.

“If you do regular maintenance on the important things such as brakes, steering and tyres – which is what everyone should be doing anyway, regardless of whether the truck is old or new – then you won’t run into too many issues,” he said.

“That is probably something James and David learned from the workshops; despite it being an older truck, it is still safe and only needs some basic repairs.”

Robert said he would recommend other producers attend the Roadworthy Heavy Vehicles … Made Easy workshops when they re-commence.

“Whether you only have a basic understanding or a good understanding, the presenters at the workshops are great at explaining all the requirements under Heavy Vehicle National Law and addressing any questions we farmers might have about roadworthiness,” he said.

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