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) 2014 (No.1) and National Class 3 Heavy Vehicle Controlled Access Bus Rear Overhang Dimension Exemption (Notice) 2014 (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) 2014 (No.1) and National Class 3 Heavy Vehicle Controlled Access Bus Rear Overhang Dimension Exemption (Notice) 2014 (No.1) (PDF), a controlled access bus can travel on the list of approved controlled access bus routes contained in the annex of the Notice.

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

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