NSW Government announces changes to transporting hay
The NSW Government has announced some changes to the transportation of hay across the state.
From August 15, a Class 3 Drought Assistance Dimension Exemption Notice will come into effect meaning more hay can be loaded on to trucks.
Semi-trailers, b-doubles, etc. can now carry 3 large hay bales tall and 2 hay bales wide.
Essentially the exemption notice means:
Allow eligible vehicles transporting hay to travel under notice and without a permit, including B-doubles up to 26 metres long:
- Up to 2.83 metres wide on all approved roads
- Up to 4.6 metres high, on the approved 4.6 metre high network
“We know we needed to act to ensure we get hay from market or to market,” said Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight Melinda Pavey in Gundy today.
“The NSW Government has streamlined the application process for those vehicles which don’t meet the conditions under the Notice and require access under permit,” Melinda Pavey said.
Drought applications are being prioritised through the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) portal, by including the word DROUGHT in the reference section of the application.
The NSW Government also announced today:
- On a case-by-case basis, allow access permits for road trains on roads not currently approved for road trains
- An extra $15 million has already been committed for road maintenance
- On a case-by-case basis, provide access permits for trucks transporting loads of hay in excess of 4.6 metres high
- Refund National Heavy Vehicle Regulator and Roads and Maritime permit fees for drought relief applications
- Establish a dedicated hotline (1800 952 292) and website (www.rms.nsw.gov.au/drought-freight) for any questions or queries transport operators or farmers may have
Also over the weekend, Primary Industries Minister Niall Blair announced that a Drought Transport Subsidy Integrity Advisor had been appointed.
Former NSW Farmers President and Corowa farmer Derek Schoen has been given the role to act as an independent advisor on the price pressures faced by farmers due to the ever-increasing demand.