POLITICS

Main Roads to revise heavy vehicle curfews

IN RESPONSE to public pressure Main Roads will revise proposed public holiday curfews on the movement of heavy agricultural vehicles around Easter and Christmas.

Claiming victory, WA Nationals agriculture spokesperson Colin de Grussa said that last month’s announcement of the curfews had raised a lot of concern in the agricultural sector.

“The government claims that the curfews had been in existence for several years, but most farmers became aware of them only after changes were announced,” Mr de Grusssa said.

“The curfews included a six-day movement ban around Easter and an 11-day ban in December and January for heavy agricultural vehicles – both being crucial times for seeding and harvest activities in much of the State.”

The Easter curfew would have been particularly restrictive, by banning heavy agricultural machinery movement on all roads in Western Australia.

At a meeting with the Nationals last week Main Roads said it would announce the outcome of the review by the end of this month.

Member for Roe Peter Rundle said Main Roads also intended to implement an additional notice for agricultural vehicle movement to allow a greater range of movements without the need for a permit.

“The notice is expected to be in place by the end of October,” Mr Rundle said.

He encouraged Main Roads to increase communications with farmers, so that they received accurate and timely information about any new requirements.

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