Help At Hand For Hay Haulers
Lobbying on behalf of farmers and transport operators hauling hay to help drought affected farmers in NSW and Queensland has resulted in success, with VicRoads and the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator agreeing to temporarily expand the current roadtrain network between Beulah and Ouyen.
“I’ve noticed a lot of feed heading north recently, and began receiving complaints that the laws for roadtrains were unwieldy and a logistical nightmare and that existing roadtrain networks needed to be expanded.” stated Nationals Member for Mildura, Peter Crisp.
“The network will now incorporate the Henty and Sunraysia Highways between Beulah and Ouyen, a compromise which will reduce costs and travel times and help get hay where it is most needed, quickly and efficiently.”
Under this temporary scheme, roadtrains will be permitted to operate at up to 4.6 metres high, 36.5 metres long, 2.5 metres wide and 79.5 tonnes and must comply with the conditions outlined in VicRoads' Road-Train policy.
Permits will be issued by the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator, more information can be found at www.nhvr.gov.au.