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Free registrations and refunds for Upper Hunter farmers heavy vehicles

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The NSW Government has announced free registrations and refunds for Upper Hunter farmers heavy vehicles. 

Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional NSW John Barilaro made the announcement today following revelations last month that NSW farmers were owed more than $30 million after being overcharged for vehicle registration for years.

The leaked documents found that around 7,000 farmers were overcharged by up to $730 per vehicle every ear since 1998.

The government sought to rectify the issue today giving partial refunds to primary producers from the past three years saving farmers an average of $2,000.

Farmers will also receive free heavy vehicle registration for the next two years.

According to legislation Deputy Premier John Barilaro said they could only refund back to three years. 

"It is a way for the NSW Government to right a wrong of the past,"

"Legislatively we have the ability to go back three years only so that's why we have added to this package the addition of two years free rego for heavy vehicles of primary producers."

"the first three years is worth $44 million, the second part, the free rego is $69 million so overall it's our way of compensating for that period," said John Barilaro.

The registration rebate will apply to all renewals from 1 July 2018 until 30 June 2020. For producers who register their vehicles between 1 July and 1 November this year, the amount will be refunded.

Farmers will still have to pay for Compulsory Third Party (CTP) insurance, personalised plates and relevant vehicle checks, for the safety of all road users.

Affected customers will be contacted by Roads and Maritime Services from 1 November with the refund amounts.