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Free heavy vehicle rego for two years for farmers as well as partial rego refunds

MEMBER for Tamworth Kevin Anderson said farmers in regional NSW will get more cash back in their pockets with rebates and refunds on heavy vehicle registration after changes to the way registration charges are calculated for primary producers are introduced on November 1.

Mr Anderson welcomed the announcement by Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional NSW John Barilaro who made the announcement today.   

“This drought has been unprecedented in its severity and the NSW Government has put more than $1 billion on the table for drought measures and assistance,” Mr Anderson said.

“Every day I speak with farmers from Walcha to Werris Creek, Boggabri to Barraba, Gunnedah to Bendemeer and from Somerton to Nundle, listening to ideas and suggestions that could help the Government in the provision of its assistance packages.

“While I was attending Gunnedah’s Agquip and the recent Tamworth Show, heavy farm vehicle registrations were a major discussion point among farmers seeking further drought support,” he said.

“In a boost for farmers, the NSW Government will provide partial refunds on previous heavy vehicles registration charges going back over three years, saving primary producers an average of $2,094.

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“Farmers will also receive free registration over the next two years for their heavy vehicles. Governments don’t always have the answers but when we see a good solution we have a responsibility to act, and that is exactly what we have done here,” Mr Anderson said.

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 as well as 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 at: http://www.rms.nsw.gov.au/primary-producer-hv-rego

 FAST FACTS BOX

  • Farmers are eligible if they have completed a declaration of eligibility for a registration concession and ticked primary producer (for customers who are establishing registration);
  • They are the registered operator of a heavy vehicle (>4.5 tonnes) with usage code PPG or PPGN*see foot note; and,
  • The vehicle was registered on or from 1 July 2018 to 30 June 2020 inclusive.
  • The Light or heavy vehicle is used by a primary producer as defined under the Motor Vehicles Taxation Act 1988, and solely or principally for carting primary products or carting goods of any kind for use in a primary producers business or household.                                                                                                                                 Media Release: September 5, 2018