Permits for heavy vehicle access

The Heavy Vehicle National Law (HVNL) which took effect on 10 February 2014 provides for all heavy vehicle access permits to be issued by the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR). Difficulties experienced by the NHVR in processing applications led to a change of arrangements for issuing some permits.

Prior to issuing a permit the NHVR must obtain the consent of each relevant road manager. The HVNL imposes a time limit of 28 days, on road managers in deciding whether or not to give consent to access and to determine under what (if any) conditions access will be granted. The time limit can be extended by up to six months if a route assessment is required or if the road manager is required to consult with a third party or determines that it is necessary to consult with a local government authority (council).

A road manager may charge the applicant a fee for conducting a route assessment. The access request need not be considered by the road manager until the applicant has paid the route assessment fee.

Permits for travel in NSW and permits for interstate travel

Roads and Maritime Services had been delegated by the NHVR to directly issue Class 1 and Class 3 heavy vehicle permits for journeys within NSW travelling on State roads. This delegation came into effect on 25 February 2014.

Councils and other road managers in NSW have been delegated to issue Class1 permits for travel on the roads they manage.

The NHVR is now progressively returning the Class 1 and Class 3 New South Wales delegations. From 31 July 2019 Roads and Maritime will only be delegated to issue Class 1 Load Carrying Vehicle permits.  Permit applications for all other vehicle types must be submitted to the NHVR.

Heavy vehicle operators can lodge applications for Class 1 Load Carrying Vehicle permits for travel on State roads within NSW with Roads and Maritime online.

More information about permits and obligations of both road managers and applicants is available from the NHVR website.

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