Red tape cut for truckies
More hay, fodder will reach farmers
THE removal of administrative red tape will allow trucks to carry more hay and fodder to drought-affected farmers.
Assistant Minister for Roads and Transport and Federal Member for Wright Scott Buchholz said longer and higher loads of hay and fodder will be allowed to travel on state and national-controlled roads.
“Heavy vehicles up to a maximum height of 4.6m and 2.83m wide will no longer require a permit to access the existing state-controlled road networks,”
Mr Buchholz said.
Previously, access was limited for Class 3 vehicles up to 4.3m high and as low as 2.5m wide.
“(This) announcement is a practical step to support the large amounts of fodder from Western Australia and Tasmania loaded and transported to drought-affected areas, particularly to regional New South Wales and Queensland,” he said.
“The notice will remove the need for up to 6000 consents a year. It is estimated farming operators will save the equivalent of up to 54,000 days per year applying and waiting for permits.
“Today’s announcement builds on the more than $1.8 billion in additional Commonwealth drought support measures already delivered and is all about helping our farmers, farming communities and regional Australia.”
Permits will still be required through the NHVR portal for access to some local government roads.
The portal can be accessed at www.nhrv.gov .au/drought.
TUCK IN: Trucks will now be allowed to carry longer and higher loads of hay and fodder on state and national-controlled roads.