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Struggling farmers to receive generous compensation

Ray Hadley
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Struggling farmers will finally be given a generous compensation following years of being overcharged on their regos.

Last month it was revealed NSW farmers are owed more than $30 million after being overcharged for vehicle registration for decades.

Leaked documents from NSW Roads and Maritime Services identified almost 7000 farmers were overcharged by up to $730 per vehicle every year since 1998.

These primary producers were wrongly denied a full discount on a concession scheme due to a “legislative drafting error”, meaning the wrong amounts were applied to farmers.

In an effort to correct the blunder the NSW Government has today announced they will “do the right thing” and provide partial refunds on previous registration charges going back over three years, saving primary producers an average of $2,094.

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Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional NSW, John Barillaro, tells Ray Hadley that in addition to the refund they will also “give free rego to farmers… for the next two years”.

“The total package is we’re refunding and giving back $113 million,” says Mr Barilaro.

“I’m a bit surprised by the number… it’s very rare that I get a deputy premier… who is being over generous… but it appears to me that you’re being very generous,” says Ray.

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

For further information go to the RMS website by clicking HERE

Ray Hadley