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Calls for courtesy at harvest time

Make sure you pass large vehicles safely. Image: NZ Police Facebook page.

Harvest season is in full swing and Federated Farmers is urging motorists and the operators of agricultural machinery to show each other some care and understanding.

"Not everyone has appreciated the recent sweltering temperatures but for arable farmers in the middle of harvesting, the golden weather is both a bonus and a race to get crops in before Mother Nature switches moods," Feds Vice-President and transport spokesperson Karen Williams says.

New Zealand’s $2.1 billion arable industry is an important part of our export earnings, economy and employment.

During harvest, combine harvesters, large tractors towing implements and other over-size agricultural vehicles often need to use public roads to move between different parts of the farm.

"They’re bulky and of necessity - and by law - move at lower speeds than other motorists," says Karen.

"Farmers are asking other drivers to show a bit of patience and common sense.

"If a tractor or harvester does pull over to the edge of the road, take your opportunity to pass if you can do so safely.

"Most of them will be moving no faster than 30-40kph or so, so it’s not essential to have the same several hundred metres of clear road ahead needed when overtaking much faster moving vehicles."

Refusing to pass can result in a long line-up of vehicles and that’s when some drivers’ patience frays and they do something risky, Karen says.

Federated Farmers is also urging the operators of farm vehicles to keep traffic flows in mind, and to remember their responsibilities in terms of protruding implements/headers and, where required, use of beacons and hazard panels.

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Yeah right!

Posted on 28-01-2021 17:20 | By

Kiwi drivers showing patience and commonsense....don’t make me laugh!!

It's TE HIGHWAY...

Posted on 28-01-2021 15:51 | By Jaybee

We have more traffic on our SH2 than ever, we have major upgrades in progress, I would like to suggest all tractors & orchard sprayers be loaded onto truck & trailer and travel like to rest of road users. With no passing lanes following an orchard sprayer for 4kms at 10kms p/hr is not helpful and patience do wear thin. No rego plates/wof?? off the road!!

tractors

Posted on 28-01-2021 15:21 | By dumbkof2

mabee the tractor drivers should look in their mirrors occasionally. never once have i seen a driver pull over and let traffic pass even when there has been room for them to do so. recently i had to stay behind a tractor for 12ks doing 30kph. there were ample places where he could have moved over