Trucks will now be able to carry more hay and fodder to drought affected farmers.
From today, longer and higher loads of hay and fodder will be allowed to travel on state and national-controlled roads.
Heavy vehicles up to a maximum height of 4.6 metres and 2.83 metres wide will no longer require a permit to access the existing state-controlled road networks. Previously access was limited for Class 3 vehicles up to 2.6 metres wide and 4.3 metres high.
The announcement by the Federal Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development, the Hon Michael McCormack MP, is a step to support the large amounts of fodder from Western Australia and Tasmania loaded and transported to drought affected areas, particularly to regional NSW.
Permits will still be required through the NHVR Portal (www.nhvr.gov.au/drought) for access to some local government roads.