Heavy vehicle registration charges

Registration fees and charges for heavy vehicle registration and inspections, plus information about how charges are set, and the heavy vehicle industry assistance package.

Registration charges

It is your responsibility as the registered operator of a heavy vehicle to provide correct information, so that appropriate registration charges are applied. The registration details must record the highest nominated configuration under which you may operate the vehicle. It is an offence to operate at a higher configuration than nominated, and fine apply.

Registration charges for heavy vehicles are calculated using the vehicle's type, Gross Vehicle Mass (GVM), the number of axles and the vehicle's nominated configuration. The nominated configuration for a truck or prime mover refers to the combination of the hauling unit and trailers. You must nominate the highest configuration at which you intend to operate the vehicle.

You can find descriptions of the vehicle configuration in the Nominated Configuration Code section.

All charges effective 1 July 2016.

Vehicles

Vehicle type (code) 2 axle* 3 axle* 4 or more axles*
Truck type 1 (RT0) $620 $970 $986
Truck type 2 (RT0) $995 $1,167 $1,189
Short combination truck (RT1) $1,027 $1,205 $2,082
Medium combination truck (RT2) $9,723 $9,723 $10,502
Long combination truck (RT3) $13,442 $13,442 $13,442
Short combination prime mover (PM1) $1,150 $4,594 $4,907
Multi-combination prime mover (PM2) $11,536 $11,536 $12,690
Bus type 1 (BUS) $525 N/A N/A
Bus type 2 (BUS) $660 $2,726 $2,726
Articulated bus (BUS) N/A $657 $657
Special purpose vehicle type P (SPP) No charge No charge No charge
Special purpose vehicle type T (SPT) $514 $514 $514
Vehicle type (code) Charge calculation*
Special purpose vehicle type O (SP2)

An amount in dollars calculated using the formula:

[$381 + ($381 x number of axles over 2)] + $209

Example: 4 axles = $381 + (381 x 2) + $209 = $1,352

* Registration fees, inspection fees and stamp duty may also be payable. Fees may also be pair quarterly or half-yearly. For further information on registration fees for particular heavy vehicles, call 13 22 13.

 

Trailers

Trailer type (code) 1 axle* 2 axles* 3 axles* 4+ axles*
Pig trailer (PTR) $677 $1,300 $1,923 $2,544
Dog trailer (DTR) $677 $1,300 $1,923 $2,544
Semi trailer
B-double tail trailer
B-triple tail trailer
(STR)
$677 $1,636 $1,740 $1,740
B-double lead trailer
B-triple lead trailer
B-triple middle trailer
(LTR)
$677 $1,363 $1,470 $1,740
Converter dolly or low loader dolly (YTR) $55 $56 $54 $56
* Registration fees, inspection fees and stamp duty may also be payable. Fees may also be pair quarterly or half-yearly. For further information on registration fees for particular heavy vehicles, call 13 22 13.

 

Inspection fees for heavy vehicles

For full details of all inspection fees for heavy vehicles, please see AIS Notice 18.

Heavy vehicle industry assistance package

From 1 September 2012, measures to help ease the financial pressure on road freight operators in NSW brought about by increases in national registration charges will be available.

Assistance is available through three concessions:

  • Full rebate of the registration charge applied to tri-axle converter dollies and a 50 per cent rebate of registration charge applied to tandem-axle converter dollies
  • 50% rebate of registration charge applied to spare trailers owned by operators with one or two hauling units (prime movers and rigid trucks), and no more than five trailers (excluding converter dollies)
  • Stamp duty exemption on the purchase of new heavy trailers.

Converter dolly rebate

Note: This rebate does not apply to trailers registered under the Federal Interstate Registration Scheme.

The full rebate of registration charge for tri-axle converter dollies intends to encourage the adoption of these trailers. Tri-axle converter dollies are safer and more ‘road-friendly’ than traditional ‘road train’ type trailers.

The 50% rebate of registration charge for tandem-axle converter dollies intends to address the disproportionate increase in road train registration charges, and the impact these charges have on rural and regional communities that rely on road trains to service their road freight needs.

There are no restrictions on the application of these rebates such as the number of dollies a person or company owns, particular kinds of operations or registration term, as long as the dolly fits one of the following definitions:

  • Tandem-axle converter dolly means a trailer with two axles and a fifth wheel coupling designed to convert a semi-trailer into a dog trailer
  • Tri-axle converter dolly means a trailer with three axles and a fifth wheel coupling designed to convert a semi-trailer into a dog trailer.

If you wish to apply for the converter dolly rebate, complete the Application - Converter Dolly Rebate and submit it via post, fax or email for assessment and processing. Provided you meet the eligibility requirements, a rebate will be provided via cheque.

Spare trailer rebate

Note: This rebate does not apply to hauling units (prime movers and rigid trucks), or trailers registered under the Federal Interstate Registration Scheme (FIRS). FIRS vehicles are not included when counting the number of hauling units and trailers.

The rebate recognises that registration charges represent a larger portion of the operating costs of small to medium sized operators, particularly those in rural and regional areas, and that such operators have a more limited capacity to defray these costs across their business and/or re-negotiate contracts with clients.

These operators also have limited opportunity to take advantage of existing concessions, such as seasonal registration, due to the nature of their businesses.

Operators with one or two hauling units (prime movers and rigid trucks), and no more than five trailers (excluding converter dollies) are eligible to apply.

A 50% rebate of registration charge applies for each trailer in excess of the number of hauling units, up to a maximum of three or four spare trailers respectively.

Where there are eligible trailers, which have differing registration charges, the rebate is equivalent to 50% of the amount of the lowest registration charge.

Only trailers with an annual registration term may be eligible for the rebate.

Converter dollies are not eligible for the rebate and are not counted in the number of trailers.

If you wish to apply for the spare trailer rebate, complete the Application - Spare Trailer Rebate form and submit it via post, fax or email for assessment and processing. Provided you meet the eligibility requirements, a rebate will be provided via cheque.

Stamp duty exemption for heavy trailers (including dollies)

The stamp duty exemption for heavy trailers intends to encourage NSW registration of such vehicles, which are otherwise being registered in adjoining states where duty is lower or not payable.

The exemption applies when establishing the registration of a heavy trailer (includes new establish, transfers from another jurisdiction and where FIRS registration is surrendered to obtain NSW registration) providing the vehicles are being registered in the same  name.

For the purposes of this exemption, heavy trailers are defined as:

  • Trailers with a Gross Vehicle Mass more than 4.5 tonnes
  • Trailer means a vehicle that is built to be towed, or is towed, by a motor vehicle, but does not include a motor vehicle that is being towed.

Date of effect and provision for rebate

Applications for the converter dolly and spare trailers rebates can be submitted from 1 September 2012. Where eligible, rebates are effective from 1 July 2012 until 30 June 2015.

Notes:

  • The stamp duty exemption on new heavy trailers is effective on and from 29 October 2012
  • Effective on and from 23 October 2014, customers are exempt from paying stamp duty when establishing the registration of a heavy trailer in the same name.

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