New class 1 agricultural notice makes moving farm machinery easier

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New class 1 agricultural notice makes moving farm machinery easier
Tuesday, 30 Apr 2019

Moving farm machinery is easier from today across large parts of regional Australia thanks to a new single National Class 1 Agricultural Vehicle and Combination Notice that removes the need to apply for the vast majority of permits in order to move many agricultural combinations on public roads. 

According to AgForce Grains President Brendan Taylor, AgForce, the National Farmers’ Federation, and other farm organisations, have been working with the Federal Government, the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) and the Department of Transport and Main Roads for years to make this change happen. 

“It’s terrific to see that AgForce’s advocacy over the past 3 years has led to this Notice being created,” Mr Taylor said.

“This is a win for common sense and shows that removing red tape and improving road safety are not at odds with each other.

“From today, it will be much easier for farmers to move machinery like headers and sprayers on public roads, with almost two-thirds of local government areas having agreed to the Notice during March and April.”

Mr Taylor said the Notice will help farmers increase the efficiency of their overall farm operations as it increases mass and dimension exemptions, which means many farmers will no longer need to apply for permits.

According to Mr Taylor the new Notice also reduces the number of designated agricultural zones and simplifies border movements. 

“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 establishes a network of local, state and territory roads that can be used by heavy agricultural vehicles,” Mr Taylor said.

“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.

“And if your agricultural vehicle or combination does not comply with the new Notice or other existing Notices, you can log on to the NHVR Portal to submit a permit application.”

To apply for a permit, visit the NHVR Portal at www.service.nhvr.gov.au.

For more information on the terms and conditions of the new Notice, read the Operator’s Guide, or view online network maps, visit www.nhvr.gov.au/national-agriculture-notice

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Media Contacts: David Vogler 0418 733 102 | Hannah Leu 0427 626 853

New class 1 agricultural notice makes moving farm machinery easier

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