Be­ware of live­stock on roads

North East & Goulburn Murray Farmer - - NEWS -

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.

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