Red tape cut for truck­ies

More hay, fod­der will reach farm­ers

Gatton Star - - LIFE | INTO RURAL -

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.

PHOTO: ALI KUCHEL

TUCK IN: Trucks will now be al­lowed to carry longer and higher loads of hay and fod­der on state and na­tional-con­trolled roads.

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