North Coast Local Land Services has reminded North Coast farmers and road users of the importance of Cattle Ahead safety signs. Cattle producers must display the approved black and yellow warning signs when stock are walking or grazing near or on a road. The warning signs are available from North Coast Local Land Services offices.
Signs must be:
- displayed when stock are being walked or grazed along or within 300 metres of a public road except where a stock proof fence separates the stock from the road.
- positioned so that a motorist is warned of the presence or likely presence of stock a reasonable distance before the vehicle would first encounter the stock.
- clearly visible to motorists who approach stock in either direction.
- positioned so that there is not more than five kilometres and not less than 200 metres between the sign and a place where a vehicle being driven towards the stock would first encounter them.
Roads and Maritime Services encourages drivers to be aware that when they see a sign with a picture of an animal, or words such as ‘stock crossing’, they may be approaching animals on or near the road. They also advise that drivers must slow down or stop to avoid crashing with livestock and fines apply if signs are not obeyed.
Jo McGoldrick, Manager Biosecurity and Emergency Services said, “By paying attention to the signs, drivers will be aware that the cattle are present on the road and will slow down, not only ensuring the safety of the cattle, but more importantly, their own safety.”
Signs are available for purchase from North Coast Local Land Services and different sizes are available. Farmers should contact North Coast Local Land Services before they plan to move stock or for information on the requirements for using stock warning signs.