Farmers in regional NSW will get more cash back in their pockets with rebates and refunds on heavy vehicle registration after the NSW Government changed the way registration charges are calculated for primary producers.
The changes will come into effect from November 1.
Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight Melinda Pavey said the government will provide partial refunds on previous heavy vehicles registration charges going back over three years, saving primary producers an average of $2094.
Farmers will also receive free registration over the next two years for their heavy vehicles.
Member for Bega Andrew Constance has welcomed the announcement saying it will provide a little further relief for local farmers.
“We know what farmers really need is rain, but this initiative goes that little bit further to ease the situation they find themselves in,” Mr Constance said.
“We don’t want to see anyone pay more than they should for essential costs such as vehicle registration, especially farmers across our region who are doing it tough right now.
“Having spoken to local farmers, I am acutely aware of the situation many are in, and I am pleased we have been able to find another away to ease some of the pressure.”
The registration rebate will apply to all renewals from July 1, 2018, until June 30, 2020. For producers who register their vehicles between July 1 and November 1 this year, the amount will be refunded.
Farmers will still have to pay for Compulsory Third Party (CTP) insurance, personalised plates and relevant vehicle checks, for the safety of all road users.
Affected customers will be contacted by Roads and Maritime Services from November 1 with the refund amounts.
Further information is available here