Changes to registration
Changes to heavy vehicle registration from October 1 means farmers will no longer be able to buy primaryproducer registration plates for their trucks.
Victorian Farmers Federation is concerned this is the first step towards the complete removal of primary-producer registration.
VFF Grains Group president Ross Johns said concessions provided by primary-producer registration reflected the lower kilometres travelled by farm vehicles compared with commercial heavy vehicles.
He said this ensured farmers were not cross-subsidising the cost of commercial heavy vehicle road users.
“Removal of primary-producer registration would place an unfair burden on farmers. The VFF is adamantly opposed to any steps that might lead to complete removal of the registration category,” he said.
“In the lead-up to the Victorian election, we are calling on Labor and the Coalition to guarantee the retention of primary-producer registration in its current form.
“Additionally, both parties must agree to block any moves towards national harmonisation of state concessions. National harmonisation could threaten primary-producer registration and the concessions available to Victorian farmers.”