Under the Heavy Vehicle National Law (NSW) (the HVNL) a heavy vehicle is a vehicle that has a Gross Vehicle Mass (GVM) or Aggregate Trailer Mass (ATM) of more than 4.5 tonnes and a combination that includes a vehicle with a GVM or ATM of more than 4.5 tonnes.
Heavy vehicle operations are regulated under the HVNL and National Regulations by the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR). The HVNL and Regulations took effect on 10 February 2014. To access the legislation as it applies in NSW go to the NSW Legislation website. Roads and Maritime delivers services under a services agreement with the NHVR.
Some matters are dealt with exclusively by the NHVR, for example, accreditation under the National Heavy Vehicle Accreditation Scheme and some matters, such as registration and licensing, are managed exclusively by Roads and Maritime.
In respect of other areas of heavy vehicle operations including compliance and enforcement, vehicle standards, road access and permits, Roads and Maritime performs services on behalf of the NHVR and has direct contact with customers in relation to these matters.
Arrangements have been put in place for Roads and Maritime to issue permits for Class 1 and Class 3 heavy vehicles for travel on Roads and Maritime managed roads in NSW.
In this section...
How to upgrade to a heavy vehicle licence in NSW, including information on Competency Based Assessment and how to find a registered training provider.
Registering a heavy vehicle in NSW, making sure the vehicle is roadworthy, and costs associated with heavy vehicle registration.
Access application and requirements for different types of heavy vehicles, including general access, restricted access, Performance Based Standards and mass limits.
The NHVR is Australia's national, independent Regulator for all vehicles over 4.5 tonnes GVM. Find out more about the NHVR.
IAP provides restricted access and over dimension vehicles with improved access to NSW's road network.
Find out about the Grain Harvest Management Scheme.
Find out about the Livestock Loading Scheme, requirements, eligibility, approved routes and other information.
Road safety and compliance information, including chain of responsibility, load and height restrictions, speeding and camera enforcement, inspections and checks, industry investigation and statistics.
Roads and Maritime's dedicated representatives assisting industry operators and drivers with compliance requirements.
Network maps and approved roads lists for road freight transport vehicles and high risk mobile cranes.
View notices and ministerial orders applicable for NSW.
Common questions and answers relating to heavy vehicles and programs.