Beware of livestock on roads
AGRICULTURE Victoria is urging road users to be vigilant when travelling on roads that are regularly used for grazing or moving stock to ensure the safety of the public, stock and stock handlers.
Agriculture Victoria dairy extension officer Mick O’Keefe said municipal councils and state road authorities administer guidelines for farmers, drovers and other people who may require a permit, or who are exempt by a local law to need a permit to have stock on roads or road reserves.
“Designate stock routes, municipal roads or declared arterial roads and freeways have differing requirements for managing safe stock access,” he said.
“There is a guide available on the VicRoads website called ‘Manual for traffic control at stock crossings’ which contains a short checklist that can be used to determine if a permit is required, and includes graphics that show approved layouts for high-use and low-use stock crossings.
“It also details the appropriate type and/or size for flashing lights and signage to be used at the stock crossing sites,” Mr O’Keefe said.
All motorists travelling on country roads needs to be on the lookout for ‘Stop’ and ‘Give Way to Stock’ signs that are displayed by farmers when they have stock on roads.
For more information visit www.vic.roads.vic.gov.au.