New rules for trac­tors on roads

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - Ag Life -

Farm­ers are now able to move tracked trac­tors on Vic­to­rian roads af­ter a change in state reg­u­la­tions.

Vic­to­rian Farm­ers Fed­er­a­tion Grains Group pres­i­dent Ash­ley Fraser said the change was a ‘com­mon sense’ move that would re­duce barriers to efficient grain production, and came af­ter lob­by­ing by the VFF.

“We have been work­ing with Vicroads and the Na­tional Heavy Ve­hi­cle Reg­u­la­tor, NHVR, to amend out­dated reg­u­la­tion that pro­hib­ited rub­ber tracked trac­tors from mov­ing on Vic­to­rian roads without a per­mit,” he said.

“The up­dated reg­u­la­tion means grain farm­ers can now more eas­ily move their tracked trac­tors ef­fi­ciently be­tween pad­docks without need­ing to ap­ply for a per­mit ev­ery time.

“Th­ese changes bring Vic­to­rian re­quire­ments in line with other states, and sig­nif­i­cantly re­duce the reg­u­la­tory burden for farm­ers dur­ing key production times such as sow­ing and har­vest.”

More in­for­ma­tion on the up­dated reg­u­la­tions can be found in the NHVR’S Na­tional Class 1 Agri­cul­tural Ve­hi­cle and Com­bi­na­tion Mass and Di­men­sion Ex­emp­tion No­tice Op­er­a­tor’s Guide by vis­it­ing www.nhvr.gov.au.

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