Call out for drovers and drivers to remain diligent
01 February 2018
Central West Local Land Services are appealing to drovers and drivers to be aware of their responsibilities when sharing our roads with livestock.
It is the responsibility of drovers to ensure that stock signs are located on the roadside and clearly visible to drivers approaching from either direction at all times when stock are not in a holding yard.
Drivers are also reminded to slow down and remain cautious when they approach a stock ahead sign.
Central West Travelling Stock Reserves (TSR) Ranger Angie Kelly said that moving slowly when stock are present reduces the risk of them taking fright and posing a danger to vehicles or themselves.
“Blowing your horn in an attempt to get stock to move on is also not advised for the same reason.” Angie said.
Stock signs must also be removed by drovers when stock are no longer present.
“Following these simple legal requirements helps make the roads safer for both stock and drivers,”
While stock are on a TSR or roadway they must be attended by a person 16 years of age or over.
Drivers should also be aware that stock have the right of way at all times.
“Drovers will attempt to push stock across roads as quickly as possible whilst keeping them bunched up. Drivers can assist by exercising patience and waiting for all stock and drovers to be safely off the road before continuing on.” Angie said
While stock are not permitted on the road after dark, drivers may occasionally see fresh evidence of stock having been on the road. This is an indicator to proceed with caution.
If drivers notice stock causing immediate danger, inform the police. Otherwise call your Local Land Services Ranger on 1300 795 299.
With the warmer months upon us, drovers are also reminded to handle stock in the cooler parts of the day and ensure sufficient amounts of good quality drinking water remain available.
For further information on responsibilities when moving stock, visit www.centralwest.lls.nsw.gov.au or contact Local Land Services.
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