Farm­ers to re­ceive dis­counts

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Farm­ers in re­gional NSW will get more cash back in their pock­ets with re­bates and re­funds on heavy ve­hi­cle reg­is­tra­tion af­ter the NSW Govern­ment changed the way reg­is­tra­tion charges are cal­cu­lated for pri­mary pro­duc­ers.

Deputy Pre­mier and Min­is­ter for Re­gional NSW John Bar­i­laro made the an­nounce­ment and said the changes will come into ef­fect from Thurs­day, Novem­ber 1.

“We don’t want to see any­one pay more than they should for es­sen­tial costs such as ve­hi­cle reg­is­tra­tion, es­pe­cially farm­ers in re­gional NSW who are do­ing it tough right now,” Mr Bar­i­laro said.

“In a boost for farm­ers, the NSW Govern­ment will pro­vide par­tial re­funds on pre­vi­ous heavy ve­hi­cles reg­is­tra­tion charges go­ing back over three years, sav­ing pri­mary pro­duc­ers an av­er­age of $2,094.

“Farm­ers will also re­ceive free reg­is­tra­tion over the next two years for their heavy ve­hi­cles.

“Gov­ern­ments don’t al­ways have the an­swers but when we see a good so­lu­tion we have a re­spon­si­bil­ity to act, and that is ex­actly what we have done here,” he said.

Min­is­ter for Roads, Mar­itime and Freight Melinda Pavey said th­ese changes come at a cru­cial time for farm­ers in re­gional NSW, and com­pli­ment the NSW Govern­ment’s more than $1 bil­lion in drought sup­port, which in­cludes waiv­ing class one agri­cul­tural ve­hi­cle reg­is­tra­tion costs.

“In recog­ni­tion of what they do and what they go through, we have al­ways given our farm­ers a 55 per cent re­duc­tion in their reg­is­tra­tion ex­penses, sav­ing them an av­er­age of $1259 per heavy ve­hi­cle.” Mrs Pavey said.

“It had come to my at­ten­tion that th­ese farm­ers were el­i­gi­ble for an even greater dis­count. The re­sponse was sim­ple, let’s give the money back.

“Fur­ther to the re­fund an­nounced, and as a re­sult of the drought con­di­tions, pri­mary pro­duc­ers will also re­ceive a reg­is­tra­tion re­bate on their heavy ve­hi­cles for the next two years.

“I recog­nise that for farm­ers strug­gling right now the re­funds will be im­por­tant to give them some cash flow. Many are feed­ing stock and wa­ter is be­com­ing more ex­pen­sive, with freight costs quickly pil­ing up.

“We know what farm­ers re­ally need is rain, but this ini­tia­tive goes that lit­tle bit fur­ther to ease the sit­u­a­tion they find them­selves in,” she said.

The reg­is­tra­tion re­bate will ap­ply to all re­newals from July 1 this year un­til June 30 in 2020. For pro­duc­ers who reg­is­ter their ve­hi­cles be­tween July 1 and Novem­ber 1 this year, the amount will be re­funded.

Farm­ers will still have to pay for Com­pul­sory Third Party (CTP) in­sur­ance, per­son­alised plates and rel­e­vant ve­hi­cle checks, for the safety of all road users.

Af­fected cus­tomers will be con­tacted by Roads and Mar­itime Ser­vices from 1 Novem­ber with the re­fund amounts. Fur­ther in­for­ma­tion is avail­able at: pri­mary-pro­ducer-hv-rego.

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