Multi articulated agricultural combinations
Access permits for oversize multi articulated agricultural combinations are available to allow farmers/owners to use Roads and Maritime Services managed roads to move agricultural implements (that are designed to be coupled together to perform agricultural tasks such as air seeder combinations) between paddocks or holdings without having to disconnect them.
Do I need an access permit?
Combinations up to a maximum of 6.0 metres wide and 25.0 metres long in the NSW Western Zone (defined in Appendix 2 of the Class 1 Agricultural Vehicles Notice and combinations up to a maximum of 5.0 metres wide and 25.0 metres long in the NSW Eastern Zone (defined in Appendix 2 of the Class 1 Agricultural Vehicles Notice and the NSW Urban Zone (defined in Appendix 2 of the Class 1 Agricultural Vehicles Notice do not require an access permit to operate as they are eligible to operate under the Class 1 Agricultural Vehicles Notice (the Notice). This Notice also allows these combinations to operate up to 4.6 metres high on approved 4.6 metres high routes.
Farmers/owners that exceed the mass and dimension limits contained in the Notice need an access permit to travel.
Apply for or renew a permit online.
What are the conditions for an access permit?
Combinations exceeding any dimension listed in the Notice require the operator to apply for and obtain an access permit.
- Compliance with conditions of the Notice and the Heavy Vehicle National Law. Please note compliance with this information does not ensure compliance with all regulatory requirements.
- The hauling unit must be an agricultural machine (trucks, utilities and 4WDs cannot be used).
- A maximum of 2 trailing units can be towed.
- The trailing units must be agricultural implements constructed to function together as a unit.
- A maximum combination length of 35.0 metres long and width of 6.5 metres is permitted in the NSW Western Zone.
- Requests for access in the NSW Eastern Zone will be considered on a case by case basis.
- Operational brake lights, turn signal lights and reflectors on the rear vehicle in the combinations.
- All dimensions must be kept at their smallest practicable dimensions when the combination is travelling on road or road related areas (Clause 1, Schedule 8 Heavy Vehicle (Mass, Dimension and Loading) National Regulation 2013).
- All mechanical connections must operate within the manufacturers’ load rating (Clause 18, Schedule 3 Heavy Vehicle (Vehicle Standards) National Regulation 2013).
- Sufficient braking capacity to stop the combination from a speed of 35km/h within 16.5 metres (Clause 87, Schedule 2 Heavy Vehicle (Vehicle Standards) National Regulation 2013).
- Parking brake capable of holding the combination stationary on a 12% grade (Clause 87, Schedule 2 Heavy Vehicle (Vehicle Standards) National Regulation 2013).
- A revolving yellow light must be fitted on the hauling unit and one on the rear most vehicle of the combination. See Appendix 1 of the Notice for details.
- Pilots in accordance with the requirements listed under the Multi Articulated Agricultural Combinations Pilot Requirements and Appendix 1 of the Notice.
- Speed limit is the lesser of 30km/h or posted limit.
- An agricultural combination or implement must not park on the side of a road.
- Travel is not permitted Monday to Friday between 8:00am to 9:30am and 2:30pm to 4:00pm.
Where can I travel?
Access permits are issued for a nominated route of travel on Roads and Maritime managed roads, not for a blanket area of operation. In addition to pilots, you may also require escorts.
Access for travel on local council managed routes must be sought through application to the relevant local council(s).
Travel wholly within NSW
For travel wholly within NSW you may apply for an access permit using one of two options:
- Apply to Roads and Maritime for an access permit for travel on Roads and Maritime managed roads, and you must apply for an access permit from other relevant road managers for travel on roads that Roads and Maritime does not manage; or
- Apply to the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) for an access permit.
An access permit application for interstate travel must only be submitted to the NHVR.
Multi articulated agricultural combinations pilot requirements
Refer to the graph below for multi articulated agricultural combinations pilot requirements.