Rule changes for farm vehicles announced
Wed, 08 Aug 2012 1:12p.m.
Farm vehicles that operate below 40km/h won't need warrants of fitness under rule changes announced by the Government.
Other changes include allowing farmers who hold car licences to drive a wider range of agricultural vehicles and making all vehicles use flashing beacons when they're on the road.
The rule changes will come into force during the first half of next year.
Associate Transport Minister Simon Bridges says they're the result of a review that began in September last year.
"The sector was concerned the laws don't take into account the special nature of agricultural vehicles or the demands of agricultural production," he said on Wednesday.
There are 40,000 registered farm vehicles in New Zealand.
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9/08/2012 3:49:29 p.m.
@ Mary. I'm intrigued as to whether you read the article? Seems that the moves the government has taken are exactly inline with your point of view... Making things more streamlined for farmers and reducing bureaucracy. I'm confused ;)
8/08/2012 2:05:34 p.m.
what on earth... there rules are being created by suits that sit at a desk all day not actual farmers, do you realise how many farmers are opting out of farming because of the unrealistic rules and unrealistic expectations from townies that have sat a few papers at uni. get real farming is the backbone of this country and it getting so incredibly hard to make a living off the land with the laws, bylaws and what ever else crazy rules that are being brought in. we are becoming such a now now country its rediculious.
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