Timely warning for SA harvest season

South Australia has posted a warning for all road users to take extra care on the roads due to an increase in heavy vehicle movements during this season’s grain and grape harvests. Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure (DPI) Manager, Vehicle Operations, Ken Rikkard warned both motorists and truck drivers to take extra care.

“The grain harvest will soon be underway in the Yorke Peninsula, Lower Eyre Peninsula and mid-north so it is vital motorists be on the lookout and drive to conditions,” said Rikkard. “Harvest periods tend to coincide with holiday periods so it is essential holiday makers are very aware of the limitations of heavy vehicles in terms of stopping distances and ease of movement.

“This increase in heavy vehicle movements will continue until the end of the grain and grape harvests well into the new year, so I encourage all motorists and holiday makers to be on the lookout for long vehicles and those with heavy loads as they take longer to slow down or stop than light vehicles.”

Rikkard also said the State Government was continuing to work with SAPOL, the trucking industry, pastoralists and businesses to ensure the road is safe for all users during the grain harvest.

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