Agricultural vehicles and equipment

Under the Heavy Vehicle National Law an agricultural vehicle is defined as an agricultural machine or agricultural implement.

An agricultural vehicle is considered a Class 1 restricted access heavy vehicle if it, together with its load, does not comply with a prescribed mass or prescribed dimension requirement.

Examples of an agricultural vehicle include harvesters, tractors, augers and conveyors.

Access

A Class 1 agricultural vehicle will not require a permit to operate provided the movement of the vehicle complies with all of the requirements and travel conditions outlined in a Notice or Ministerial Order.

If a Class 1 agricultural vehicle does not comply with the mass or dimension limits set out in a Notice or Ministerial Order, an operator must obtain an access permit.

There are multiple access arrangements for different classes of vehicle; generally the bigger and/or heavier the vehicle, the greater the safety risk and the more restricted the access. This is outlined in the Agricultural vehicles – Access in NSW fact sheet.

Customers can apply for an access permit for a Class 1 agricultural vehicle from the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator.

Relevant definitions

  • A vehicle with its own automotive power, built to perform agricultural tasks. Examples include a harvester or tractor.
  • A vehicle without its own automotive power, built to perform agricultural tasks. Such as an auger, conveyor, field bin, harvester front, irrigating equipment or machinery.
  • An agricultural machine or an agricultural implement in a combination towed by an agricultural machine.
  • A trailer that is designed to carry a load and used exclusively to perform agricultural tasks, but does not include a semitrailer.
  • A task carried out in agriculture. Examples of an agricultural task include cultivating land, growing and harvesting crops or rearing livestock

National Class 1 Agricultural Vehicle and Combination Mass and Dimension Exemption Notice

The National Class 1 Agricultural Vehicle and Combination Mass and Dimension Exemption Notice 2019 commenced on 1 May 2019 and provides access for agricultural vehicles and combinations being driven under their automotive power in the ACT, New South Wales, Queensland, South Australia, Victoria and Tasmania. Further information on the Notice is available on the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator website.

Cotton transportation during Easter

The NSW Class 1 Agricultural Cotton Vehicle Exemption For Permitted Heavy Vehicles (Notice) 2016 exempts class 1 vehicles transporting agricultural cotton vehicles (i.e. “floating”) from specified mass or dimension requirements during the Easter Public Holiday Period weekend.

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