Road access

Roads and Maritime Services is accountable for ensuring that everyone using NSW roads does so safely, while still allowing the transport industry to operate as efficiently as possible. Roads and Maritime promotes roadworthy vehicles and responsible behaviour by all road users.

Roads and Maritime supports the new National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) to process notices and permits for heavy vehicles in NSW and national road freight.

Further information can be obtained from the NHVR website.

Updates and announcements

Moving more with less - road freight through Coonabarabran

Road trains and higher productivity vehicles will soon be allowed access through Coonabarabran to encourage increased loads, and reduce the number of truck on the Newell.

Access for road trains carrying hay in support of drought relief has been approved through Coonabarabran since August 2018 and following a review of heavy vehicle traffic on the Newell, road trains and higher productivity trucks carrying other loads will soon be able to access the Newell through Coonabarabran.

Coonabarabran currently has, on average, over 900 truck movements per day and the introduction of higher productivity vehicles will enable freight to be moved more efficiently, with fewer trucks travelling through town and on the roads.

The Newell Highway is one of Australia’s key road freight corridors linking Victoria, NSW and Queensland and is the key connector for many of the east west road corridors linking agricultural businesses and industry to export markets.

The aim of allowing road trains up to 36.5 metres on the Newell through Coonabarabran is so they can have end-to-end access on the Newell.

To learn more about how the NSW Government is reducing the impacts of trucks at Coonabarabran please read the Reduced truck impacts for Coonabarabran October fact sheet (PDF, 293Kb) or watch the video:



In this section...

Heavy Vehicle Access Policy Framework

General access heavy vehicles

Restricted access heavy vehicles

Performance Based Standards vehicles

On Board Mass (OBM)

Agricultural vehicles

Heavy tow trucks

Permits for heavy vehicle access

Mass limits

Newell Highway - Performance Based Standards Level 2B vehicles

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