Heavy vehicle registration changes

Changes to heavy vehicle registration in NSW

On 1 July 2018 there will be some changes to heavy vehicle registration in NSW. These include:

  • a new national heavy vehicle plate and a nationally consistent plate fee of $25
  • heavy vehicle registration labels will no longer be required
  • fleet operators with two or more vehicles will be eligible for a common expiry date.

Roads and Maritime Services will continue to manage and administer vehicle registration services in NSW, such as new registrations, renewals and changes to registration details.

As of 1 October 2018, operators will have read only access to national fleet registration details on the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) on-line Portal.

National heavy vehicle plates and nationally consistent plate fee

From 1 July 2018, a national heavy vehicle plate will be issued in NSW whenever:

  • a new heavy vehicle is registered
  • an unregistered heavy vehicle is re-registered
  • an interstate(without the national heavy vehicle plates) vehicle transfers into NSW
  • a lost, damaged, destroyed or stolen number plate is replaced

This does not include heavy tow trucks, public passenger buses and NSW conditional registration scheme customers. NSW customers who have personalised or custom 'myplates' registration plates displayed on their vehicle will not be required to have national heavy vehicle plates.

Myplates will still be available for NSW customers with new registrations if they wish to have a personalised or customer number plate in place of the national plate. Standard myplates fees will apply for all new myplates customers.

The new national plate will look like the example below with black lettering on a white background and a blue 'national heavy vehicle' sash across the bottom.

Registration plate

Removal of registration labels

From 1 July 2018, registration labels for heavy vehicles will no longer be required in NSW.

You should not remove your current registration label until your registration has expired and your 2018/19 NSW registration fees have been paid.

Common registration expiry dates

From 1 July 2018, customers with two or more vehicles in their fleet will be eligible for the Common Expiry Date (CED) Scheme. This will mean that all of your vehicle registrations will expire on a single date.

See the CED Scheme page for information on how to apply.

Registration details accessible on NHVR Portal

From 1 October 2018, heavy vehicle operators will be able to access details of their registered assets on the free, online NHVR Portal. For more information visit the NHVR.

Are you a Federal Interstate Registration scheme (FIRS) customer?

The Australian Government announced on 22 May 2018 that the Federal Interstate Registration Scheme (FIRS) will close to renewals and new applicants as of 1 July 2018 with the scheme being completely removed on 1 July 2019.

From 1 July 2018, FIRS operators will no longer be able to establish or re-register under FIRS. Existing FIRS customers will receive separate information from NSW Roads and Maritime to assist them with their transition.

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