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“We have been working with Vicroads and the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator, NHVR, to amend outdated regulation that prohibited rubber tracked tractors from moving on Victorian roads without a permit,” he said.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