Free heavy vehicle registration announced for drought-affected farmers

It’s not rain, but it is definitely going to reduce some stress for the region's farmers.

Member for Dubbo, Troy Grant has welcomed the announcement that farmers will have rebates and refunds on heavy vehicle registration.

Following the alteration by the NSW Government to the way registration changes are calculated for primary producers.

Mr Grant said for struggling farmers, the refunds and rebates come as a necessity to allow for cash flow.

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“We don’t want to see anyone pay more than they should for essential costs such as vehicle registration, especially farmers in regional NSW who are doing it tough right now,” he said.

As well as the rebates and refunds, farmers will also receive free registration for the next two years on their heavy vehicles.

Due to the regular use of such vehicles for transporting stock feed and water, the free registration is said to go a long way.

“We know that what farmers really need is rain, but this initiative goes that little bit further to ease the situation they find themselves in,” Mr Grant said.

The announcement is compliant with the NSW Government’s more than $1 billion funding in drought support.

The registration rebate will apply to all renewals from 1 July 2018 until 30 June 2020.

For producers who register their vehicles between 1 July and 1 November this year, the amount will be refunded.

Those affected by the ongoing drought will be contacted by Roads and Maritime Services from 1 November with refund amounts.

More information can be found at: http://www.rms.nsw.gov.au/primary-producer-hv-rego