Changes to reg­is­tra­tion

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - Aglife -

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.”

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