In another step towards the harmonisation of heavy vehicle road rules across Australia, VicRoads has updated Victoria’s road legislation to absorb the proposed changes.
New regulations are likely to come into force across most of Australia in March next year governing the movement on public roads of heavy vehicles, including farm machinery such as tractors and harvesters.
Transport rules for heavy agricultural vehicles are out of date and need to be overhauled urgently so Queensland primary producers can get on with the job of farming instead of being tied up in red tape, according to Queensland farmer representative body, AgForce.
The National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) is set to release its draft policy on proposed new national laws governing the movement of heavy vehicles, including farm machinery, on public roads.
Federal and NSW transport regulators have moved to bring NSW road train rules into line with those already in place in Queensland with a regulation amendment that standardises the transport of cotton modules throughout the two states.
Steady progress is being made towards standardising regulations for the movement of large agricultural equipment on public roads across the eastern seaboard and South Australia, with new orders expected by the end of this year.