In 2018, the National Farmers Federation engaged Dr Richard Franklin from James Cook University to investigate the risk levels of Large Agricultural Machinery on road.
Dr Franklin offers some effective recommendations for Governments and Industry to consider implementing to continue what is an excellent safety record in comparison to many other road user statistics.
This study is the first in Australia to explore the safety of LAVs on public roads. From the research, it is clear that LAV are on roads all year round, however are predominately moving small distances during the day.
Where there are incidents on public roads, the numbers appear to be small especially in comparison to other vehicles. Community education campaigns which highlight the needs for LAVs to be on roads and what to do when you encounter them would be of value, as would a wider campaign around respecting all people on roads. Further work is required to comprehensively understand the issues and the effectiveness of prevention (current and future). Incorporating information in the written test to achieve your driver’s license was identified as a cost effective ongoing way to educate new drivers.