Farmers and smaller freight operators would face greater costs if new heavy vehicle regulations were imposed on Wagga’s Livestock Marketing Centre.
That’s the view of Wagga counciilor Paul Funnell, in response to a statement from the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHRV).
NHVR chief executive Sal Petroccitto said the regulator would begin a review of heavy vehicle safety around saleyards.
“The NHVR recently met with parties concerned about recent heavy vehicle breaches at saleyards across NSW,” Mr Petoccitto said.
“Issues have arisen in relation to the movement of heavy vehicles operating in excess of their allowable mass limits around saleyards in Dubbo and Forbes.
“It’s important that we maintain productivity without compromising the safety of other road users and transport workers.”
Cr Funnell said the council would have to pass any new costs from state or federal regulations to producers, agents and drivers.
“This is just more cost shifting. NSW is the most over-regulated economy, I would say, in the world, to the point we are counter productive,” he said.
“I do not condone breaking the laws but the laws are out of kilter.”
Dubbo and Forbes councils have been issued with state-level improvement notices around heavy vehicles at saleyards
Last month, councillors expressed concern that Wagga City could need a new multimillion-dollar weighbridge to meet NSW Roads and Maritime Services regulations.
Wagga mayor Greg Conkey declined to comment in response to the federal review’s announcement.
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