Permit requirements slashed by new ag vehicle notice


Regulator lauds productivity gains from standardised access

Permit requirements slashed by new ag vehicle notice
The new notice reduces the need for farmers to apply for access permits

 

A new agricultural vehicle and combination notice is operational across large parts of regional Australia, with almost two-thirds of local government areas agreeing to its implementation, the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) reports.

The notice aims to remove the need for operators to apply for permits to move such combinations on public roads.

It will apply across designated roads in more than 260 local government areas that signed up during March and April.

NHVR executive director freight and supply chain productivity Peter Caprioli says introduction of the National Class 1 Agricultural Vehicle and Combination Notice simplifies the movement of large agricultural equipment and provides clearer guidelines for primary producers.

"From today, farmers should check the Operator’s Guide and online maps to see whether they still require a permit to move a vehicle, as the Notice has established a network of local, state and territory roads that can be used by heavy agricultural vehicles," Caprioli says.

"It will bring the number of designated agricultural zones down from 26 to just five, reduce the complexity for cross-border movements and generally improve the efficiency of agricultural operations.

"Some of the key provisions of the new Notice include increased mass and dimension limits, standard operating conditions, and a consistent set of rules across state and territory borders."


Read more about the ag notice policy agreement being reached, here


The NHVR accompanying operator’s guide outlines the key information required before moving heavy agricultural equipment.

"If your local government area hasn’t yet signed up to the Notice, you can continue under your current arrangements for up to 12 months, unless a Notice expires in the meantime," Caprioli says.

"If you need a permit, applications will now be processed through the NHVR Portal."

The operator’s guide and access maps can be viewed here.

 

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