Ministers for the Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities The Hon Michael McCormack MP Deputy Prime MinisterMinister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Senator the Hon Bridget McKenzie Minister for Regional ServicesMinister for SportMinister for Local Government and Decentralisation The Hon Alan Tudge MP Minister for Cities, Urban Infrastructure and Population The Hon Sussan Ley MP Assistant Minister for Regional Development and Territories The Hon Andrew Broad MP Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Scott Buchholz MP Assistant Minister for Roads and Transport The Hon Barnaby Joyce MPFormer Deputy Prime MinisterFormer Minister for Infrastructure and Transport The Hon Dr John McVeigh MPFormer Minister for Regional Development, Territories and Local Government The Hon Keith Pitt MPFormer Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Damian Drum MPFormer Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister Senator the Hon Fiona Nash Former Minister for Regional DevelopmentFormer Minister for Local Government and Territories The Hon Darren Chester MP Former Minister for Infrastructure and TransportFormer A/g Minister for Regional DevelopmentFormer A/g Minister for Local Government and Territories The Hon Warren Truss MP Former Deputy Prime Minister Former Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development The Hon Paul Fletcher MP Former Minister for Urban Infrastructure and Cities The Hon Jamie Briggs MP Former Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development

Cutting Red Tape for Truckies Carting Hay

Media Release

MM166/2018

20 September 2018

Joint release with:

The Hon. Scott Morrison MP

Prime Minister

Trucks will be able to carry more hay and fodder to drought affected farmers because of action being taken today by the Liberal and Nationals Government.

From midnight tonight, longer and higher loads of hay and fodder will be allowed to travel on state and national-controlled roads.

Heavy vehicles up to a maximum height of 4.6 metres and 2.83 metres wide will no longer require a permit to access the existing state-controlled road networks. Previously access was limited for Class 3 vehicles up to 2.6 metres wide and 4.3 metres high.

Today’s announcement is a practical step to support the large amounts of fodder from Western Australia and Tasmania loaded and transported to drought affected areas, particularly to regional NSW.

The Notice will remove the need for up to 6,000 consents a year. It is estimated farming operators will save the equivalent of up to 54,000 days per year applying and waiting for permits.  

Permits will still be required through the NHVR Portal (www.nhvr.gov.au/drought) for access to some local government roads.

Today’s announcement builds on the more than $1.8 billion in additional Commonwealth drought support measures already delivered.

Helping our farmers and farming communities remains our number one priority.