Restricted access heavy vehicles

Any single motor vehicle or combination which alone or together with its load exceeds the general access overall dimensions as defined in the Heavy Vehicle (Mass, Dimension and Loading) National Regulation is considered to be a Restricted Access Vehicle (RAV).

New requirements for OSOM loads - check to see if this applies to you

Effective immediately, all OSOM moves that are required to be escorted, must have a signed NSW Load Declaration in addition to a TMP. This will replace the existing declaration signed by operators. The NSW Load Declaration certifies the mass and dimensions of the loaded combination and indemnifies each Road Manager and NSW Police. Read more about OSOM Load Declaration about New requirements for OSOM loads - check to see if this applies to you

There are heavy vehicle combinations and controlled access buses in NSW that do not exceed the overall length of combinations defined in the Regulation, but are restricted due to the road network or infrastructure access that can accommodate these vehicles. These include but are not limited to B-doubles, road trains and vehicle combinations operating at Higher Mass Limits.

Combinations (and their loads) which are over height, oversize and/or overmass are subject to special operating conditions. In some instances this may include the requirement to assess a route for suitability before the vehicle or combination is granted access to that part of the road network.

RAVs may travel on defined networks as detailed at maps and approved roads lists.

Operating RAVs in NSW

RAVs can operate on the NSW road network through a current Notice or a specific permit.

Notices

  • RAVs that exceed the dimensions for general access limits may be eligible to operate under a Notice applicable to that vehicle. Notices provide greater dimension/mass limits with additional conditions and route restrictions for RAVs
  • RAVs within specified dimension limits or mass limits stated in the applicable Notice may operate under that Notice and the driver must satisfy the Notice requirements.

Specific permits

  • RAVs with dimensions or mass over the limits stated in the relevant Notice may be eligible to obtain access to specified NSW roads through a specific permit. Specific permit applications are considered on a case by case basis and fees apply. You may also be required to complete an oversize and/or overmass Transport Management Plan.
  • Your specific permit, if granted, will include conditions specific to the operation of your RAV, which may include route/time restrictions and/or pilots and escorts vehicle requirements.
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