Rules for agricultural vehicles

Freddy learns about the proposed changes to the rules for agricultrual vehicles

Farmer Freddy has just returned from locking the cows in after having a natter with the AB technician when he heads into the implement shed to check on his mower.  After all, the hay paddocks are growing at a rate of knots and it will soon be time to cut the grass and bale the hay at the runoff.

Pebbles stops by the implement shed to have a chat to her father.  “What’s going on?” she asks, seeing the mower attached to the tractor.  “You’re not cutting the hay already are you?”

“Soon Pebbles”, replies Freddy.  “I’m greasing the mowing and taking it down to the runoff.  I’ll leave it in the shed there so everything is ready for me to cut when we have the next spell of fine weather.”

Always happy to apply her legal knowledge to her father’s farming escapades, Pebbles remembers an update that passed by her desk recently on the proposed changes to the rules for agricultural vehicles.

“You may be interested, Dad, to know that the government is proposing changes to the Land Transport Rules, in particular the rules for vehicles that have a specialist agricultural function like your old tractor”, explains Pebbles.

“The changes would put in place different regimes for agricultural vehicles that travel under 40km/hour, and those vehicles that travel over 40km/hour.  Agricultural vehicles not exceeding 40km/hour wouldn’t require a Warrant of Fitness and if you had a restricted car licence, you could drive these vehicles on the road.  You wouldn’t get off scot-free though, these vehicles would still need to be kept in a roadworthy condition.

“Agricultural vehicles that exceed 40km/hour would need to have an annual Warrant of Fitness and be driven by the holder of a wheels endorsement or Class 2 licence.

“There are lots of other changes proposed as well, for example the rules around pilot vehicles, hazard identification and vehicle visibility”, says Pebbles.

“When are these changes coming in?” asks Freddy, the panic mounting in his voice as he glances around the implement shed and realises some of his old equipment may not cut the mustard.

“Don’t panic, Dad”, says Pebbles.  “The government is currently consulting on the proposed changes and submissions are due by 30 November 2012.  If the changes do come into effect, you won’t have to worry about getting your equipment up to scratch until 1 May 2013.”

“It sounds like it’s all happening, Pebbles.  I’m going to have to take a serious look at these changes because the last thing I need is hassles when I’m driving the tractor down to the runoff”, says Freddy.

“Now Pebbles, can you be of some practical use for a change and pass me that grease gun.”

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