NSW welcomes federal changes to carting hay

20 September 2018

Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight Melinda Pavey and Parliamentary Secretary for Regional Roads, Maritime and Transport Kevin Anderson have welcomed today’s announcement by the Federal Government enabling improved access for heavy vehicles delivering hay and fodder to drought-affected farmers.

From midnight tonight, consistent with changes implemented in NSW, heavy vehicles can carry loads up to a maximum height of 4.6 meters and 2.83 meters wide without requiring a permit to access across the country.

The Notice will remove the need for up to 6,000 permits a year. It is estimated farmers and truck operators will save the equivalent of up to 54,000 days per year applying and waiting for permits.

This follows the NSW Liberals & Nationals lead in August of the NSW Class 3 Drought Assistance Dimension Exemption Notice allowing more hay to be transported per truckload, reducing costs for farmers.

Minister Pavey said consistency across states is particularly crucial as hay is being transported from Western Australian and Tasmania to drought affected areas, including here in NSW.

“It’s great to see the Federal Government is following our lead in providing practical ways to assist our farmers with challenges of drought” Mrs Pavey said.

“This is especially important given that hay is now coming from even further abroad.”

Parliamentary Secretary Kevin Anderson said the NSW Government continued to work closely with the Nation Heavy Vehicle Regulator to ensure Drought applications were being prioritised in NSW.

“I welcome today’s announcement by the Federal Government that will provide further relief for our NSW farmers doing it tough,” Mr Anderson said.

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