Red tape on heavy farm ve­hi­cles out of touch

The Northern Star - Northern New South Wales Rural Weekly - - News -

THE cur­rent state-based red tape for heavy agri­cul­tural ve­hi­cles needs to be re­moved and a prac­ti­cal na­tional no­tice in­tro­duced, says na­tional grain farm­ers rep­re­sen­ta­tive group GrainGrow­ers.

In­di­vid­ual state no­tices and rules gov­ern­ing the move­ment of heavy farm ma­chin­ery on public roads are out of touch with the size of mod­ern equip­ment. A ma­jor sur­vey of farm­ers by GrainGrow­ers over re­cent months in­ves­ti­gated the di­men­sions and con­fig­u­ra­tions of the heavy ve­hi­cle fleet op­er­at­ing in the grains in­dus­try. More than 800 farm­ers across the coun­try par­tic­i­pated in the sur­vey.

“Grower feed­back from around the coun­try and our re­cent sur­vey show some lim­its need to be in­creased to ac­com­mo­date the cur­rent fleet,” GrainGrow­ers chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer David McKeon said.

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