HEAVY vehicle workshops for primary producers will restart across the state from June 30, after being postponed due to the COVID-19 crisis.
Grain Producers SA is delivering the Roadworthy Heavy Vehicles... Made Easy! workshops on behalf of Primary Producers SA commodity group members, with the first since the postponement to be held at Clare.
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, theory workshops had been held at Streaky Bay, Lock, Cowell and Kimba, along with 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 check for email updates from GPSA regarding amended dates and times for these locations.
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