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Demonstrate knowledge of vehicles and loads in the agricultural
contracting industry

Level                              3

Credits                            4

Purpose       This unit standard is for people working in the agricultural contracting
              industry. People credited with this unit standard are able to: describe
              vehicles used in the agricultural contracting industry and loads carried by
              agricultural contractors; and demonstrate knowledge of safe driving of
              agricultural contracting vehicles.


Subfield                           Rural Contracting

Domain                             Agricultural Contracting

Status                             Expiring

Status date                        25 June 2007

Date version published             25 February 2008

This unit standard is expiring. Assessment against the standard must take place
before the expiry date set out below.

Expiry date                        31 December 2012

Entry information                  Open.

Accreditation                      Evaluation of documentation and visit by NZQA and
                                   industry.

Standard setting body (SSB)        InfraTrain New Zealand

Accreditation and Moderation Action Plan (AMAP) reference                   0101
This AMAP can be accessed at http://www.nzqa.govt.nz/framework/search/index.do.

Special notes

1   Vehicles include – harvesting, four wheel drive, and tracked machines; tractors; and
    heavy motor vehicles (trucks); and will be part of the fleet of the candidate’s employer
    at the time of assessment, or likely to become part of the fleet. Otherwise they will be
    vehicles in common use in the agricultural contracting industry.
    Loads can include – hay, silage, root crops, machinery, equipment, fertiliser, and
    agrichemicals.




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2     Legislation relevant to this unit standard includes:
      Hazardous Substances and New Organisms Act 1996 and Regulations made under
      this Act that pertain to Dangerous Goods;
      Health and Safety in Employment Act 1992 (HSE);
      Heavy Motor Vehicle Regulations 1974;
      Transport (Vehicle and Driver Registration and Licensing) Act 1986;
      Land Transport Rule: Dangerous Goods 1999 (Rule 45001);
      Land Transport Rule: Driver Licensing 1999;
      Land Transport Rule: Vehicle Dimension and Mass 2002 (Rule 41001); and,
      the Heavy Vehicles Rule to be published after registration of this unit standard.

3     References for this unit standard include:
      NZ Standard 5433:1999 Transport of Dangerous Goods on Land (NZS 5433);
      The Official New Zealand Truck Loading Code: Code of Practice for the safety of
      loads on heavy vehicles prepared by the Land Transport Safety Authority;
      Fact Sheets and Infosheets, available from the Land Transport Safety Authority
      website www.ltsa.govt.nz, such as: Fact Sheet 13 Vehicle dimension and mass
      June 2002, Fact Sheet 13a Heavy Rigid Vehicles February 2003, and Fact Sheet 53
      Overdimension vehicles and loads June 2002.

Elements and performance criteria
Element 1

Describe vehicles used in the agricultural contracting industry.

Performance criteria

1.1        Description identifies vehicles in common use in the agricultural contracting
           industry, and includes their characteristics.

           Range        vehicles include but are not limited to – light, heavy rigid,
                        articulated, tracked, another special-type.

1.2        Description includes the legislative and regulatory requirements, and protective
           devices for specified vehicles used by agricultural contractors.

           Range        legislative and regulatory requirements include but are not limited
                        to – vehicle registration and licence, Warrant/Certificate of Fitness,
                        Road User Charges Licence, Transport Services Licence,
                        overdimension permit, overweight permit;
                        protective devices include but are not limited to – safety
                        frames/cabs, lights, audible warning devices, seat belts.

1.3        Obligations on people using vehicles for agricultural contracting are described in
           accordance with legislative requirements.

           Range        obligations include but are not limited to – HSE Act, driver
                        licences;
                        people include but are not limited to – operator, passenger.




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1.4       Vehicles requiring overdimension permits are identified, and permits are
          described in terms of general and specific operating conditions.

          Range         identification by size categories;
                        operating conditions for Category 1, 2, 3, or 4 (or as required by
                        vehicles at the candidate’s workplace);
                        vehicles in a company’s fleet or as specified by the assessor.

1.5       Identification of prohibitions and restrictions on heavy motor vehicles accords
          with the requirements of specified local road controlling authority.

1.6       Description includes the legislative requirements for tractor and agricultural
          trailer towing connections including drawbar certification.

1.7       Description explains the importance of regular maintenance and cleaning of
          vehicles and attachments.

Element 2

Describe loads carried by agricultural contractors.

Performance criteria

2.1       Description of loading methods explains their suitability for use with different
          crops/items and vehicles.

          Range         at least two of – auger, forklift, manual loading, conveyor, ramp,
                        crane, tail lift.

2.2       Description of loads common to the industry includes means of ensuring vehicle
          stability and load security.

          Range         loads include but are not limited to – hay, root/seed crops, vehicle,
                        machinery, silage, baleage, pipes;
                        placement of load, anchorage point, lashings, chocks.

2.3       Description identifies situations when loads require an overweight permit and
          the permit requirements for a specified load.

          Range         includes – mass on front axles, daylight hours;
                        may include – special warning devices, mass limits, total mass,
                        route restrictions, hours of darkness.

2.4       Description of legislative requirements for transporting Dangerous Goods
          commonly carried as tools-of-trade by agricultural contractors explains when a
          Dangerous Goods Endorsement is required and accords with the Land
          Transport Dangerous Goods Rule and NZS 5433.

          Range         includes but is not limited to – packaging, identification,
                        segregation, load security, placarding, emergency response,
                        documentation.




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Element 3

Demonstrate knowledge of safe driving of agricultural contracting vehicles.

Performance criteria

3.1       Description of safe driving includes ways of maintaining the stability of a tractor,
          a heavy rigid vehicle, and at least one other vehicle and the effect of wheel
          width, weight transfer, centre of gravity, ballast, traction, speed, and braking on
          vehicle stability.

          Range         driving – on formed roads, in paddocks.

3.2       Description of safe driving, manoeuvring, and operating of vehicles with
          attachments and trailers includes their forward length; the dynamics of
          reversing; the effect of speed on tracking; load placement and distribution;
          weight transfer during braking, deceleration, acceleration and cornering; the
          security of tow bars and safety chains; and awareness of restrictions on the
          visibility of drivers and other people in the vicinity.

3.3       Description of safe driving includes load security checks and the effect of
          specified loads on vehicle handling.

          Range         loads include but are not limited to – bulk loose loads, bulk liquids.

3.4       Explanation of selecting safe routes includes critical factors to be identified and
          taken into consideration on roads and other routes.

          Range         on roads may include – peak traffic times, axle load distribution,
                        bridges, railway crossings, overhead obstructions, pavement
                        grades;
                        on other routes includes – ground conditions, grades, accessways,
                        obstructions.

3.5       Hazards of working in the field are identified and their respective controls are
          described in accordance with company procedures.

          Range         includes but is not limited to – obstructions, distractions, noise,
                        moving vehicles, ground conditions, slopes.

3.6       Description of safe driving includes legislative, employer’s, and client‘s
          requirements relating to driving hours, duty hours, and logbooks.




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Please note

Providers must be accredited by NZQA, or an inter-institutional body with delegated
authority for quality assurance, before they can report credits from assessment against
unit standards or deliver courses of study leading to that assessment.

Industry Training Organisations must be accredited by NZQA before they can register
credits from assessment against unit standards.

Accredited providers and Industry Training Organisations assessing against unit standards
must engage with the moderation system that applies to those standards.

Accreditation requirements and an outline of the moderation system that applies to this
standard are outlined in the Accreditation and Moderation Action Plan (AMAP). The
AMAP also includes useful information about special requirements for organisations
wishing to develop education and training programmes, such as minimum qualifications for
tutors and assessors, and special resource requirements.




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