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Tractor moves easier

By Country News

Farmers will now be able to move tracked tractors on Victorian roads due to regulatory changes which have been dubbed a win by the VFF.

The National Heavy Vehicle Regulator has updated the requirements for tracked tractors operating in Victoria which allows them to travel on roads as long as they do so at a maximum speed of 30km/h and, where practicable, avoid turning movements on road surfaces to minimise road damage.

VFF Grains Group president Ashley Fraser said the changes removed the need for unnecessary paperwork.

‘‘It is critical for Victoria to have common-sense agricultural machinery regulation which removes the unnecessary red tape that hinders efficient grain production,’’ he said.

‘‘We have been working with VicRoads and the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator to amend outdated regulation that prohibited rubber-tracked tractors from moving on Victorian roads without a permit.

‘‘The updated regulation means that grain farmers can now more easily move their tracked tractors efficiently between paddocks without needing to apply for a permit every time.’’

Tracked tractors are an increasingly popular alternative to the traditional dual rubber tyre tractor as they minimise the impact on soils and crops.

‘‘These changes bring Victorian requirements in line with other states, and significantly reduce the regulatory burden for farmers during key production times such as sowing and harvest,’’ Mr Fraser said.

■More information can be found at the NHVR’s website: www.nhvr.gov.au