THE Victorian Farmers Federation has voiced its concerns over changes to heavy vehicle registrations.
From 1 October farmers will no longer be able to purchase primary producer registration plates for their trucks.
VFF Grains Group president Ross Johns said the federation was concerned that this would be the first step towards the complete removal of primary producer registrations.
“The concessions provided by primary producer registration reflect the lower kilometres travelled by farm vehicles compared to commercial heavy vehicles,” he said.
“This ensures farmers are not cross-subsidising the cost of commercial heavy vehicle road users. Removal of primary producer registration would place an unfair burden on farmers.
“The VFF is adamantly opposed to any steps which may lead to complete removal of the registration category.
“In the lead up to the Victorian election, we are calling on Labor and the Coalition to guarantee the retention of primary producer registration in its current form.
“Additionally, both parties must agree to block any moves towards national harmonisation of state concessions.
“National harmonisation could threaten primary producer registration and the concessions currently available to Victorian farmers.”