The Central West Livestock Exchange at Forbes received a visit from the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator on November 5, to see the facility in action and report on the Chain of Responsibility legislation.
Sal Petroccitto, CEO of the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator was joined by executive directors John Gilbert and Ral Hassell.
A notice was served to Forbes Shire Council for multiple breaches of overloaded vehicles leaving the Forbes saleyards.
As the law currently stands Council, as the owner of the saleyards, is classed as the bearer of this fine.
Forbes Council general manager Steve Loane believes this legislation needs further consideration.
The Council is seeking to change the legislation that would see volumeric loading be introduced and livestock exempt from the Chain of Responsibility legislation and treated as liquid freight.
Mr Loane said they are asking the NHVR to review the Chain of Responsibility legislation and for it to be more realistic and in touch with what is done in the livestock industry.
- Also making news: Watch as a dust storm rolls into western NSW
“I understand with static freight you have to have these rules but with livestock it is an entirely different situation,” Mr Loane said.
“In addition to the extra infrastructure Forbes Shire Council would have to install, such as weighbridges and additional yards, there are animal welfare issues to consider.
“Excess stock will have to remain at the Saleyards whilst additional transport is organized. Who is responsible for feeding and caring for these animals while at the saleyards?”
Mr Loane said they will have no choice but pass on this cost to farmers using the Forbes Saleyards which is not ideal for farm businesses in this time of drought.
The regulators were unclear when the review would be complete but thanked Council for the opportunity to visit and view operations at the Central West Livestock Exchange.