Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson has welcomed the opportunity for heavy transport operators to apply for a special permit to operate B-triple hay transports on the Oxley Highway between Gunnedah and Tamworth.

Mr Anderson said as the grip of the drought tightened, landholders were increasingly seeking to source larger amounts of fodder to distribute to their livestock.

“B-triples are a time-efficient means of shifting large amounts of fodder close to where it is needed,” Mr Anderson said.

“The NSW Government and Gunnedah Shire Council have approved a short-term permit for B-Triple access through Gunnedah to Tamworth, allowing hay to be delivered to drought affected communities.

“Any relief for farmers affected by this drought would be welcomed across the communities in the North West and the short term permit to transport hay to areas around Tamworth by modular B-Triple will just give that bit of relief during this difficult time.

“It is heart breaking seeing the effects of the drought on the farmers in my community,” Mr Anderson said.

“I was compelled to do everything I could to assist them. This outcome provides a mutually beneficial arrangement which allows the State Government, Gunnedah Shire and Tamworth Regional Councils to assist drought affected farmers.

“The permit will be for one operator with a 34 metre Modular B-Triple. The operator has been informed he will be required to apply through the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) Portal - https://www.service.nhvr.gov.au/

“Each permit is assessed on its merits. The number of trips for the permit received (one per week) was one of the determining factors in the risk based decision to approve. The route contains safety constraints for vehicles over 26 metres long that must be managed to allow even emergency access.

“NHVR will issue the permit once RMS and Gunnedah, as road managers, approve the application and the permit is valid for use immediately upon issue,” Mr Anderson concluded.

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There are ‘standard’ conditions for Road Train access that are either written into the National Class 2 Heavy Vehicle Road Train Authorisation (Notice) 2015 (No. 1) or written into the Appendix which forms part of the Notice enabling Road Train access. 

The requirement for a tandem-axle dolly is in the Appendix of the Notice and is consistent with the TfNSW policy to only permit modern road trains on or east of the Newell Highway.

The requirement for a tri-axle dolly for all road train movements east of the Newell Highway and on sections of the Newell Highway has been long standing and is well understood by industry.

The permit has been provided for maximum six-month duration or less, if drought relief is no longer required. 

For more information about restricted access vehicles and an interactive map for approved routes visit

Heavy transport operators should visit https://www.service.nhvr.gov.au/ to begin the submission process.

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