Uneccessary restrictions on moving farm machinery removed

By Melissa Blewitt

The removal of uneccessary restrictions on the movement of tractors between rural properties for local landholders is about to become a reality.

NSW Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight, Duncan Gay made the announcment at the NSW Farmers Annual Conference recently.

The announcement will allow farmers to move tractors, that are not required to operate under a permit or notice, without travel restrictions, provided they use a flashing light.

NSW Farmers President Derek Schoen has called the announcement a breakthrough for many farmers impeded from performing the basic function of moving farm equipment from one property to another.

“This step is a welcome move from Minister Gay that will remove frustration of many farmers who have had travel restrictions placed on the registrations of their tractors,” he said.

“Our members had been reporting that different travel restrictions were being placed on the same model tractor in the same town.

“For many years the economics of agriculture has meant that farmers have been required to increase the area of land they farm by buying new properties.

“To efficiently farm on different properties, farmers need to be able to move their tractors and other farm machinery between their holdings.

“The decision by Minister Gay recognises these realities and will enhance the ability of our members to get on and do the job of growing food and fibre.”

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