Tony McRae

Tony McRae

Former Minister for the Environment; Climate Change; Disability Services

    Seasonal licences save farmers money

    4/12/2006 11:35 AM
     
    4/12/06

    Western Australian farmers could be eligible to save thousands of dollars a year, after the State Government announced a seasonal licence system for heavy vehicles.

    Minister Assisting the Minister for Planning and Infrastructure Tony McRae said the licence would be cheaper for farmers who only used their heavy vehicles for certain times of the year - like seeding or harvesting season.

    “Depending on the vehicle, farmers could save thousands of dollars a year,” Mr McRae said.

    Under the old system, licensing a heavy vehicle cost nearly $6,000 for 12 months.

    Under the new system, it would cost about $1,500 to license that same vehicle for three months.

    A heavy vehicle is classified as a vehicle weighing more than 4.5 tonnes

    “This is great news for farmers - they will be able to license their heavy vehicles when they are needed, rather than when they are sitting in the shed not being used,” the Minister said.

    “Seasonal vehicle licensing will especially aid farmers in times of drought.”

    Each seasonal licensing period must be for a minimum of three months, but that may be extended on a monthly basis.

    For more information visit http://www.dpi.wa.gov.au/seasonal

    Minister's office - 9213 7150