Farmers welcome common sense approach to silage trailers

NSW Farmers today welcomed the NSW Government’s announcement that laden silage trailers will be considered agricultural implements and be allowed to carry loads on the road.

Up until last week, silage trailers were not permitted to travel on the road carrying a load, restricting farmers’ ability to use them on the road.

Silage trailers are used by farmers, particularly dairy farmers, to carry green chop and silage to and from the farm for feeding to dairy cows.

NSW Farmers’ Business, Economics and Trade Committee Chair, Bill McDonnell, said with the growing size of dairy farms, many farmers needed to travel short distances on the road between paddocks.

He said classifying a silage trailer as an agricultural implement under the law meant they did not need to be registered, but they must be towed by a registered or conditionally registered agricultural tractor. 

This has been a key priority for our association, particularly our dairy farmers, and we have been lobbying on their behalf for a number of years. As part of this we took Roads and Maritime Services representatives on a demonstration tour in June 2012,” he said.

“We worked with RMS on changes which could be made to better meet the needs of farmers on the ground at the same time as meeting regulatory requirements.”

The arrangements are comparable with Victoria and the NSW oversize vehicle arrangements. 

Mr McDonnell said while NSW Farmers didn’t get everything it requested, it did manage to ensure that laden trailers could be towed for 15km (up to 25km under a permit) and that those less than 2.5m wide were able to be towed at night.

Roads and Maritime Services has a copy of the order, which includes the conditions of travel, on its website at http://www.rta.nsw.gov.au/heavyvehicles/downloads/permitnotices/loaded_silage_trailer_exemption.pdf .

Contact: Veneta Chapple

Phone: 1300 794 000

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