Per­mits eased

Countryman - - NEWS - Tom Zaun­mayr

Big­ger loads of hay and fod­der will be able to be carted on WA roads af­ter a Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment drought-as­sis­tance mea­sure came into ef­fect last week.

Un­der the national drought as­sis­tance no­tice, heavy ve­hi­cles up to 4.6m high and 2.83m wide no longer re­quire a per­mit to ac­cess State-con­trolled road net­works.

Pre­vi­ously the lim­its were set at 4.3m high and 2.5m wide.

The changes are ex­pected to re­move the need for up­wards of 6000 con­sents per year.

The con­sents are be­lieved to be the equiv­a­lent of up to 54,000 days each year ap­ply­ing and wait­ing for per­mits.

Per­mits will still be re­quired through the National Heavy Ve­hi­cle Reg­is­ter por­tal for ac­cess to some lo­cal gov­ern­ment roads.

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