Red tape reduction to boost agricultural sector productivity
In a bid to simplify access to the road network for the agricultural sector, the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) will today begin moving to adopt a new national Notice designed to improve productivity of Australia’s farming sector.
Described by Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack as a “game-changer for the nation’s farm businesses”, the new National Class 1 Agricultural Vehicle and Combination Notice will replace transitional arrangements for agricultural operations and harmonise the dimension limits and standard operating conditions for agricultural vehicles such as tractors, combine harvesters and the like.
The simplified Notice was developed in partnership with state road and transport authorities and the agricultural sector.
In Queensland, the Notice will replace nine separate legal instruments that govern the movement of agricultural vehicles and combinations.
With most agricultural movements occurring on local government-controlled roads, councils will need to provide their consent to the new Notice for access to continue.
Where agricultural vehicles and combinations do not meet the requirements set out in the notice, a permit for travel will still be required.
Councils have 28 days to consent to the new Notice.
For further information, see the Deputy Prime Minister’s media release here.
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