Argo - weed spraying

Conditional registration

Non-complying vehicles are only offered conditional registration if it is safe to do so and a complying vehicle cannot perform the function.

The following factors are considered when deciding an Application for Conditional Registration and the conditions that are applied to the registration:

  • The nature and extent of any failure of the vehicle to meet applicable vehicle standards
  • The safety of:
    • The vehicle operator
    • The vehicle’s passengers (if any)
    • The vehicle mixing with other normal complying vehicles
    • The vehicle mixing with pedestrians
  • Time of day or night of operation
  • Special considerations relating to the area of operation (if any).

Note: Operators of oversize and overmass vehicles must also comply with the conditions of the relevant access notice or permit. For more information contact Special Permits Unit on 1300 656 371 for intrastate permits, and the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator on 1300 696 487 for interstate permits.

Driver licence

Class C

Vehicle requirements

Conditional registration of Argos for aquatic weed spraying operations is only available where the vehicle meets the following general conditions and operates in the following circumstances:

  • Will be used mostly off-road and away from road-related areas, but needs limited access to the road network
  • The Argo must be approved for such operations by its manufacturer
  • The spray tank must be compatible with the Argo and not destabilise it under specified operating conditions; this applies regardless of the percentage the spray tank is filled to
  • When full, the combined weight of the spray tank and the operator must not exceed the Argo’s maximum load limit specified by the manufacturer
  • The Argo configured with the spray tank and ancillary equipment must not be operated on slopes that exceed the manufacturer’s specifications for such operations
  • The Argo operator must undertake accredited training in operating the Argo
  • The applicable local council or week control authority, golf club, other private property owner, state or federal agency must provide a letter confirming that they are responsible for ensuring that all the above conditions are met at all times
  • If operating in national parks, restricted to specific areas of operation approved by the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service.

Equipment requirements

All lighting must be fitted as near as possible to the position specified in Schedule 2 of the Road Transport (Vehicle Registration) Regulation 2017 for light vehicles or Schedule 2 of the Heavy Vehicle (Vehicle Standards) National Regulation (NSW) for heavy vehicles.

Equipment Daylight / Floodlit use
Amber rotating beacon Yes
Brake and turn lights No
Headlights Yes
Rear reflectors Yes
Side reflective tape No
Rear vision mirror(s) No
Horn Yes
Seating capacity displayed Yes
Passenger handles Yes


Condition Code
Daylight / floodlit worksite use only TD1
Restricted to a maximum speed of 30km/h SP30
Not to exceed manufacturer’s seating capacity GO89
Flashing amber beacon required and used when vehicle moving SL1
Vehicle to be floated from site to site (except that it can operate in areas designated in L03) LO99
Restricted to designated areas / routes L03 + free text
Weed spraying operations specifically contracted for (insert agency name) Free text for weed spraying
Must not be used within 3 metres of the sealed / formed road, except for the purpose of crossing a road, loading or unloading Free text for weed spraying
If hydraulic steering fitted, steering failure warning device / sign required SL99
Roads and Maritime Services office use Code
Vehicle shape ARG
Compulsory Third Party insurance class PLANT
Registration usage Not applicable

Roads and Maritime Services office use

Code Type Code
Vehicle shape ARG
Compulsory Third Party insurance class PLANT
Registration usage Not applicable
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