The NSW Government has slashed red tape in an effort to make it easier for truck drivers to transport hay to drought-affected farmers.
Last week the government and National Heavy Vehicle Regulator announced the introduction of a new exemption notice that would allow eligible vehicles transporting hay in NSW to travel under notice and without a permit.
The NHVR has also announced it is streamlining the application process for trucks that do not meet the conditions of the notice.
Heavy vehicles, including B-doubles up to 26m long, 2.83m wide and up to 4.6m high on the approved 4.6m high network and on all approved roads will not require a permit to carry hay.
Access permits for road trains on currently unapproved roads will also be assessed on a case-by-case basis.
NSW Farmers’ roads and maritime servicesspokesman Wayne Dunford said the changes would make a difference for thousands of farmers across the state.
‘‘More hay on trucks will reduce financial costs and increase efficiency at a time when farmers are facing difficult conditions,’’ Mr Dunford said.
■For more information or to apply, visit: nhvr.gov.au