HAY SHORTAGE: There are new rules for carting hay.
HAY SHORTAGE: There are new rules for carting hay. Peter Carruthers

New road rules give Warwick truckies a boost to help farmers

ON midnight Thursday rules for loading hay trucks relaxed.

The Federal Government changes mean hay and fodder trucks up to 2.83m wide and 4.6m high will no longer need permits on state-controlled road networks.

The changes also standardise the maximum load dimensions for all states.

In the past every state had its own system.

The width limit in Queensland was 2.5 metres, in NSW it was 2.83m and in South Australia, it was 2.7m.

Similarly, the maximum height allowed varied between 4.3m and 4.6m.

Warwick freight operator Chris O'Shea said it was a common-sense decision.

"It's definitely going to help me out," Mr O'Shea said.

He and his drivers regularly cart hay and stock feed interstate.

With drought ratcheting up demand for hay, Mr O'Shea said he was busier than ever and the jigsaw of load regulations made it difficult to meet that demand.

"It was just stupidity what they were making us do," he said

Truckies delivering donated hay were being fined and their employers faced compliance costs.

The Australian Trucking Association estimated about 56,000 work days were lost each year dealing with cross- border red tape.

Mr O'Shea it was about time something changed.

"I honestly think there is so much hay getting moved around Australia at the moment and they've (the government) realised there was so much legislation getting in the way," he said.


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