Buses

Double decker buses

Double decker buses operating under the New South Wales and Victoria Class 3 Bus Mass Limit Exemption (Notice) 2014 (No.1) Amendment Notice (No.1) 2016 are permitted to operate at higher masses on approved Double Decker Bus Routes.

What is a double decker bus?

A double decker bus is a bus that has two decks, other than an articulated bus, that is not longer than 12.5 metres long.

Double decker bus routes

In accordance with the New South Wales and Victoria Class 3 Bus Mass Limit Exemption (Notice) 2014 (No.1) Amendment Notice (No.1) 2016 a double decker bus can travel on the following list of approved controlled access bus routes:

For travel on routes that are not approved, operators must obtain an access permit from the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator.

Controlled access buses

Buses and coaches, other than articulated buses, that are longer than 12.5 metres and up to 14.5 metres long can travel on approved routes specified in the National Class 2 Heavy Vehicle Controlled Access Bus Authorisation Notice and National Class 3 Heavy Vehicle Controlled Access Bus Dimension Exemption Notice 2014 Amendment Notice 2017 (No.1).

What is a controlled access bus?

A controlled access bus is a bus, other than an articulated bus, that is longer than 12.5 metres long but not more than 14.5 metres long.

These buses are more difficult to manoeuvre than standard length buses and therefore are not suitable to drive on all roads.

Where can a controlled access bus travel?

In accordance with the National Class 2 Heavy Vehicle Controlled Access Bus Authorisation Notice and National Class 3 Heavy Vehicle Controlled Access Bus Dimension Exemption Notice 2014 Amendment Notice 2017 (No.1), a controlled access bus must only travel on roads specified in the document Controlled Access Bus Approved Routes.

For travel on any road not listed in the Controlled Access Bus Approved Routes, an access permit must be obtained from the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator.

For additional information and to reduce the time and effort in assessing routes that are unsuitable for Controlled Access Buses, a list of roads that are denied for Controlled Access Buses are specified in the document Controlled Access Bus Denied Routes.

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