How COVID-19 restrictions affect NSW roads users

Learn how coronavirus public health orders impact where you can go on and what is open, closed or restricted for road users.

Driving and travel plans

To help stop the spread of COVID-19, you must stay at home unless it’s absolutely necessary – such as grocery shopping or providing care. Taking a holiday in a regional area is not a reasonable excuse.

For essential travel, please be aware that:

  • The 2 person rule does not apply to people travelling in cars or gatherings at public transport stops, stations or platforms.
  • There will be no Driver Reviver operations this Easter holiday period.
  • Rest areas on major highways will remain open.
  • You must wash your hands thoroughly and practise physical distancing of 1.5 metres when visiting rest areas.

For full details of what you can and can’t do under the stay at home rules, visit the NSW government website.

Learner drivers and riders

Learner drivers may continue to take driving lessons - either with an instructor or a family member. This includes safer driver courses, rider training and heavy vehicle driver assessment.

See full details of NSW Police advice for learners.

Customers holding learner rider licences expiring between 11 March 2020 and 11 September 2020 are eligible for a free 6 month renewal where a certificate of competency has been obtained. Visit Service NSW to find out more.

Heavy vehicle drivers

We understand the critical role transporting freight is playing as the state deals with the COVID-19 outbreak. To enable that to continue:

  • There is no restriction on movement into or around NSW for heavy vehicles transporting freight.
  • It is critical for drivers to maintain hygiene and practise physical distancing where possible.
  • Heavy vehicle drivers should self-isolate during fatigue rest breaks interstate.
  • Industry is encouraged to remain abreast of jurisdictional travel requirements before travelling interstate from NSW.
  • For the latest travel information please check Live Traffic NSW before undertaking any cross-border journeys.

For further information on border restrictions and service centres, see Transport for NSW response to COVID-19 for the freight industry.

Renewing your registration

If you need a safety inspection (pink slip) to register your vehicle, you may still leave your home to take your vehicle to an Authorised Inspection Station.

If you are unable to leave your home, you may be able to get a mobile pink slip provider to come to you. Check if there is a provider in your area.

Once you have your pink slip, we recommend you renew your registration online rather than visiting a service centre.

Licence renewal

You can still renew your licence online if you are eligible.

If you need to visit a service centre to renew your licence, requirements may have changed. Check you have the most up-to-date information about renewing in person.

Driver tests, mobility parking and other transactions

Practical driving tests

Service NSW has postponed practical driver testing across NSW. Some exclusions apply, including heavy vehicle competency based assessment. If you are in urgent need, you can also apply for priority testing. See Driver testing and COVID-19.

Knowledge tests

Knowledge tests, booked appointments and other transactions have also temporarily changed to help slow the spread of COVID-19. Check how these changes affect you.

Mobility parking

If we have your photo on file, you can apply for, replace or renew a 5-year MPS permit online. If your photo is not in our database, you can still apply online for a 6-month temporary permit. Visit Service NSW for full details.

Other transactions

Booked appointments and other transactions have temporarily changed to help slow the spread of COVID-19. Visit Service NSW to see how this might affect you.

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