New rules for tracked tractor use on roads

New rules for tracked tractor use on roads

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TRACKS ON ROADS: New rules will allow Victorian farmers to operate tracked tractors on roads after lobbying by the VFF.

TRACKS ON ROADS: New rules will allow Victorian farmers to operate tracked tractors on roads after lobbying by the VFF.

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Farmers will now be able to operate tracked tractors on Victorian roads.

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Farmers have won the right to be able to move tracked tractors on Victorian roads due to regulatory change.

The Victorian Farmers Federation (VFF) has been working with VicRoads and the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) to amend what VFF Grains Group president Ashley Fraser described as "outdated regulation that prohibited rubber tracked tractors from moving on Victorian roads without a permit".

"The updated regulation means that grain farmers can now more easily move their tracked tractors efficiently between paddocks without needing to apply for a permit every time," Mr Fraser said.

"These changes bring Victorian requirements in line with other states, and significantly reduce the regulatory burden for farmers during key production times such as sowing and harvest."

Tracked tractors were increasingly popular to minimise the impact on soils and crops.

The NHVR has updated the requirements for tracked tractors operating in Victoria.

For travel in Victoria, rubber tracked tractors must travel at a maximum speed of 30km/h, and where practicable, avoid turning on road surfaces, particularly sealed pavements, to minimise road damage.

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