New NSW Livestock Loading Scheme
From 1 December 2012, the NSW Government has implemented a new NSW Livestock Loading Scheme (NSWLLS) to enhance productivity and protect jobs in the NSW meat and livestock industry. The Scheme commenced on 1 December 2012.
The Scheme was developed in consultation with meat and livestock industry stakeholders, the Local Government and Shires Associations and Transport for NSW Freight and Regional Development Division.
The Scheme provides increased mass limits for livestock loads, and includes measures to minimise road pavement wear, protect vulnerable bridges and reduce the incidence of livestock vehicle rollovers.
An overview of the Scheme is available from the following documents:
- Fact Sheet: New Livestock Loading Scheme for NSW (updated 30 August 2013)
- NSW Livestock Loading Scheme Ministerial Order 2012 (as amended 30 August 2013)
- NSW Livestock Loading Scheme Business Rules (updated April 2013)
The NSWLLS approved routes were extended on 30 August 2013 to include regional and local roads in 11 council areas, in addition to all approved HML routes and all State Roads.
Approved routes for NSWLLS are shown on the NSWLLS Online Interactive Network Map.
It is anticipated other councils will approve routes for NSWLLS, once bridges on regional and local roads are assessed, and if necessary, new load limit sign-posts are installed on bridges not approved for NSWLLS vehicles.
NSW Scheme enrolment application forms can be downloaded from the Heavy vehicle forms page. NSW and interstate registered vehicles may enrol in the NSW Scheme.
Vehicles registered in another State or Territory and that are participating in the livestock loading scheme of that State or Territory are not required to enrol in the NSW Scheme. However, they must comply with NSW Scheme vehicle standards, mass limits and operating conditions when operating in NSW.
Vehicles registered in NSW and enrolled in the NSW Scheme may operate under the livestock loading schemes of Victoria and Queensland.
Driver training course
Vehicle rollover crashes are more prevalent in livestock vehicles compared to other vehicles. RMS has developed a driver training course to ensure that drivers operating under the NSW Scheme can safely operate 4.6m high livestock vehicles and apply techniques to minimise the risk of rollover.
From 1 May 2013, drivers of NSWLLS vehicles must have completed either:
- The new NSWLLS Driver Training Course or
- The Victorian Livestock Loading Scheme (VLLS) Driver Training Course.
RMS has approved suitably qualified and experienced trainers to provide the NSW Driver Training Course.
Further information about the NSW Driver Training Course, including the list of Approved Trainers, is available in this document:
The Application Form for the NSWLLS Driver Training Course can be downloaded from the Heavy Vehicle forms page.
General information about livestock transport in NSW
Reasonable allowances on axle mass limits for livestock loads
Since March 2011, eligible higher productivity vehicles have been permitted to exceed the regulated mass limits on tri-axle groups by up to one tonne, to take into account the movement of livestock within pens during transport. More information about this initiative is available from:
Livestock Loading Calculator
The Livestock Loading Calculator was developed to assist operators and their customers to comply with animal loading densities and vehicle mass limits.
The calculator also assists operators and their customers to comply with their Chain of Responsibility obligations to take reasonable steps to prevent breaches of load mass limits.
Please carefully read the instructions on use of the calculator on the introduction page of each LLC.
Currently, Livestock Loading Calculators are available for 6-axle single trailer combinations and 9-axle B-double combinations for carrying cattle or sheep. Changes will be introduced to the calculators to cover the carriage of pigs, following the successful completion of field trials. Two additional calculators will also be provided to cover the carriage of cattle and sheep in B-triples and road trains, following the successful completion of field trials.
The NSW Livestock Loading Scheme (NSWLLS) map show NSWLLS approved routes and restrictions as an overlay on top of Google maps. RMS has no responsibility for, and does not guarantee the accuracy of, the underlying Google maps. RMS strives to be accurate in showing the NSWLLS approved routes and restrictions, however, there may be errors and omissions caused by Google maps being incorrect or out of date. RMS is not responsible for errors or omissions.
The NSWLLS maps are merely provided for your convenience and do not replace the NSWLLS approved routes which always take precedence over the NSWLLS maps. You should rely on the NSWLLS approved routes and restrictions given in Ministerial order published on the RMS website when planning a route. Visit the Livestock Loading Scheme Ministerial Order 2013 website for more information.