Heavy vehicle workshops for producers to recommence soon

WORKSHOPS ARE BACK: Grain Producers SA regional field officer Shane Gale said Tatiara residents should take advantage of the free training and support on offer.
WORKSHOPS ARE BACK: Grain Producers SA regional field officer Shane Gale said Tatiara residents should take advantage of the free training and support on offer.

Primary producers will have the chance to learn and understand road safety and their responsibilities for heavy vehicle roadworthiness from June 30 onwards.

Grain Producers SA will be delivering their 'Roadworthy Heavy Vehicles ... Made Easy!' workshops on behalf of Primary Producers SA commodity group members, with Bordertown set to become one of the locations.

The workshops will recommence for the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic, with the Clare to host the the first workshop on June 30.

Bordertown's workshop date is yet to be confirmed, with GPSA taking registrations for interested producers. Those who register will be notified in the coming weeks of the exact date, time and location.

The theory workshops provide primary producers with industry-specific information regarding the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator's Heavy Vehicle Inspection Manual, road safety awareness, their compliance and maintenance responsibilities and the requirements of the regulator.

GPSA regional field officer Shane Gale said prior to the postponement due to COVID-19, theory workshops had already been successfully held at Streaky Bay, Lock, Cowell and Kimba.

He also stated that they conducted an online webinar for the southern Eyre Peninsula.

"The workshops have delivered training which is essential in helping producers to develop a tailored approach to heavy vehicle maintenance, inspections and compliance on vehicles within their farm business," he said.

"We had about 100 producers attend the first round of workshops on the Eyre Peninsula in March, which indicates there is a strong appetite from producers to increase their knowledge regarding heavy vehicle maintenance and roadworthiness."

All theory workshop participants have the opportunity to take part in a practical inspection to receive valuable hints and tips on what to look out for to ensure their trucks remain safe and compliant.

"The feedback from those who have attended workshops so far has highlighted that the NHVR's inspection checklists set a high standard for all to follow," Mr Gale said.

Early registrants may have the opportunity to have their own vehicle inspected for free as part of each practical workshop, however spots are limited.

GPSA is encouraging members to attend a workshop to take advantage of the free training and support on offer.

"Workshops are aimed at members of Primary Producers SA commodity groups who own and operate their own heavy vehicles," Mr Gale said.

Registrations are still open, with spots available for several locations including Clare, Yorke Peninsula, Murray Bridge, Tanunda, Loxton and Bordertown.

Producers who had previously registered for workshops should keep an eye out for email updates from GPSA regarding amended dates and times for these locations.