A new campaign led by the farm sector is calling on Government to restore common sense to heavy farm machinery movement regulations.
National Farmers' Federation (NFF) Chief Executive Officer Tony Mahar said currently, heavy vehicle regulation across Australia was complex and inconsistent.
“The rules vary vastly from state to state and shire to shire and in many cases do not adequately recognise the needs of farm businesses.”
Mr Mahar said farmers recognised the need for regulation with safety their first priority.
“The last thing any farmer would want is to cause harm to another roaduser.
“Farmers, their family and friends all travel country roads and we fully support all reasonable steps to ensure equipment is moved safely and responsibly.”
However, Mr Mahar said if the regulations applying to farm machinery were not modernised, they threatened to place a handbrake on our burgeoning farm sector.
“Larger, more efficient farm vehicles and machines play an important part in keeping Australia’s farmers competitive.
“Being able to move this equipment between properties is fundamental to the business of farming.”
The NFF is asking regional road users, through the Have your say on oversized road regulations campaign, to make the case for reform of agricultural machinery regulation. Help support fit-for-purpose road regulations that let our farmers get on with the business of growing the world’s best food and fibre.