Call to re­port any ef­flu­ent on roads

Matamata Chronicle - - Rural Delivery -

MOTO NZ’s Op­er­a­tion Green Line is ramp­ing up again for the June and July ‘‘Gypsy Sea­son’’, when more stock than ever is trans­ported from farm to farm, re­sult­ing in more fre­quent stock ef­flu­ent spills on the roads.

‘‘We said last year that we hoped Op­er­a­tion Green Line would be a one-off ef­fort and the prob­lem would be over with,’’ said Gareth Mor­gan, chair­man of MOTO NZ.

‘‘The live­stock in­dus­try has made great strides in im­prov­ing the sit­u­a­tion but we’re still keen to see fur­ther progress.’’

Mr Mor­gan said one of the most im­por­tant things they could do was get a clear view of where the prob­lems were, how bad they were, how of­ten they were hap­pen­ing and how many road users were af­fected.

‘‘So we’re en­cour­ag­ing any­one who sees a stock ef­flu­ent spill on the road to re­port it to us. We’ll col­lect the data and fol­low up with the rel­e­vant coun­cil and the Na­tional Stock Ef­flu­ent Work­ing Group,’’ he said.

‘‘Last year’s re­port­ing ef­fort re­sulted in two pros­e­cu­tions, so don’t think there’s no point in mak­ing a re­port. In fact it’s only the peo­ple us­ing the roads and af­fected by this hazard who can keep us prop­erly in­formed about it.’’

Re­ports can be made on the MOTO NZ web­site at mo­tonz.org.nz/projects/ green­line.

The group is in­ter­ested in know­ing about any stock ef­flu­ent en­coun­tered on the road – mi­nor or ma­jor spills, new or old, wet or dry.

All rep­re­sent a dan­ger to road users but are a par­tic­u­lar safety hazard for mo­tor­cy­clists.

Any road user can make a re­port at any time of the year.

Get­ting bet­ter: The live­stock in­dus­try has made great strides in im­prov­ing fre­quent stock ef­flu­ent spills on the roads but there is still room for im­prove­ment.

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