National Class 3 Road Train Prime Mover Dimension and Mass Exemption Notice 2021

The National Class 3 Road Train Prime Mover Dimension and Mass Exemption Notice 2021 has been developed to provide road train prime movers with mass and dimension exemptions when operating within eligible combinations in the Notice. The Notice provides length exemption to eligible combinations under the Notice. It also provides flexibility for operators of road train prime movers to continue their travel when decoupling from a road train combination and to access networks when not operating as a road train.

The Notice provides 2 key access improvements for road train prime movers and eligible combinations:

  1. Steer mass limits - Access for a road train prime mover to operate with a road train steer mass limit when operating in specific combinations
  2. Longer combinations - Longer total combination lengths, including the 20m prime mover and semitrailer, 27m B-double, and 26m prime mover semitrailer and unladen converter dolly. The Notice's length exemption must be due to the road train prime mover length and is subject to conditions of operation and approved network conditions.
Note: The increase in combination lengths described in the Notice is to accommodate the additional length of road train prime movers. The Notice does not provide any increase to trailer dimension limits. The road train steer mass limit does not apply to a twin steer vehicle. Twin steer can operate under the Notice except in South Australia; however, it must comply with prescriptive axle mass limits for twinsteers under the HVNL in all other states.
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Specifications
Reference No: C2021G00386
Starts: 1 June 2021
Expires: 31 May 2026
Vehicle Types: Class 3, Road Train Prime Mover
Exemptions:

Steer Mass limits
Length limits 

Law: HVNL, MDL
Coverage: ACT, NSW, QLD*, SA*, VIC*
To be carried: No

Overview and Index

Information contained within the tabs on this page forms the operators guide for the National Class 3 Road Train Prime Mover Dimension and Mass Exemption Notice 2021. Please read the Notice and this operators guide together. To download or print this guide, use the print or PDF buttons on the top right of this page.

About the Notice

The Notice provides alternative combinations for operators of road train prime movers while still operating at road train steer mass limits. It was developed in consultation with industry groups, state road agencies and local government.

The Notice will provide operators greater flexibility in managing their fleets by:

  • Avoiding operators' need to use a separate, smaller prime mover to haul trailers after decoupling a road train combination – i.e. one prime mover can be used for the entire trip instead of two.
  • Allowing the use of bonneted prime movers;
  • Increasing the use of standardised trailer sets instead of shorter trailers to accommodate the length of the prime mover;
  • Facilitating a more productive decoupling process;
  • Future-proofing investment in prime movers with larger sleeping cabs to improve driver comfort and better manage fatigue.

Content Index

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Overview [tab]

  • About the Notice
  • Content Index

Eligible Vehicles [tab]

  • What is a road train prime mover?
    • Table 1 - Registration charge codes for multi-combination prime movers
  • Eligible vehicles and combinations
    • Table 2 - Eligible vehicles and combinations

Conditions [tab]

  • National Dimension requirements - expander

    • Road train prime mover Notice length limits
      • Table 3 - Combination length limits
    • General dimension requirements
      • Table 4 - Overview of national general dimensions applying under the Notice
    • Trailer length limits
      • Figure 2 - Diagram of a semitrailer measurement
    • Maximum length of a B-double under this Notice
      • Figure 3 - Dimension requirements for a 27m B-double
      • Figure 4 - Dimension requirements for a 26m B-double
    • Tri-tri B-doubles
      • Figure 5 - Tri-tri B-double X-Y Rule
  • National Mass requirements - expander

    • What are road train steer mass limits?
      • Table 5 - Steer mass limits of a road train prime mover
    • Notice specific mass requirements
      • General Mass Limits
        • Table 6 - Mass limits of the Notice
        • One-tonne mass exception
      • Concessional Mass Limits
        • Figure 7 - Example of CML application for a prime mover and semitrailer showing vehicle's GML axle groups and applying CML concession
        • Figure 8 - Example of CML application for prime mover, semitrailer and unladen converter dolly showing vehicle's GML axle groups and applying CML concession.
      • Higher Mass Limits
        • Table 7 - Corresponding jurisdictional HML authority
        • Figure 9 - an example of a HML application for a prime mover and semitrailer. The image shows the vehicles GML & HML axle groups.
        • Figure 10 - an example of a HML application for a prime mover, semitrailer, and unladen converter dolly. The image shows the vehicle's GML and HML axle groups.
  • Victoria – special Mass conditions - expander

    • Table 8 - Victorian mass limits for a prime mover, semitrailer and unladen converter dolly
  • Queensland – special Dimension conditions - expander

    • Figure 6 - Example of QLD prime move wheelbase
    • Table 9 - Queensland X-Y dimension for eligible 26m B-doubles with 7.1t steer mass limit
    • Appendix 1 – Axle spacing mass limits
  • South Australia – special conditions - expander

  • Livestock Carriers – special Mass conditions - expander


Supporting Documents [tab]

None.


Network and Mapping [tab]

  • Approved routes covered by the Notice

    • Approved routes - expander
      • Table 10 - Approved routes covered by the Notice
  • Non-participating road managers

    • New South Wales - expander
    • Queensland - expander
    • South Australia - expander
    • Victoria - expander
  • Participating road manager network conditions

    • New South Wales – expander
      • Penrith City Council
        • Additional approved local government roads
          • Table 11 - Penrith City Council additional approved roads for 20m prime mover and semitrailer
      • Richmond Valley Council
    • South Australia – expander
      • District Council of Lower Eyre Peninsula
        • Restricted roads
          • Table 12 - District Council of Lower Eyre Peninsula restricted roads
    • Victoria – expander
      • Mildura Rural City Council
        • Wet weather Additional approved local government roads
          • Table 13 Mildura Rural City Council additional approved roads (all eligible combinations)
    • Queensland – expander
      • Cassowary Coast Regional Council
        • Additional approved local government roads
          • Table 14 - Cassowary Coast Regional Council additional approved roads
      • Logan City Council
        • Restricted structures
          • Table 15 - Logan City Council restricted structures
      • Moreton Bay Regional Council
      • Port of Brisbane
        • Approved Port of Brisbane roads
      • Townsville City Council
        • Table 16 - Townsville City Council additional approved roads for 20m prime mover semitrailer combinations
  • Applying for a permit (Access off the approved Network)


Related Notices [tab]

  • Related national Notices 
  • Related state Notices
    • Table 17 - Related jurisdictional Notices

Tools and Calculators [tab]

  • Table 18 - Registration checker tools

Changes and Updates [tab]

  • Table 19 - History of Notice

Definitions [tab]

  • Terms used in this Notice
    • Table 20 - Definitions

Eligible vehicles

Note: In some instances, an eligible vehicle may be better suited to operate under another applicable notice. For example, it would be better for a 26m B-double with a 6.5t complying steer axle to operate under the National Class 2 B-double Authorisation Notice 2020.

 

What is a road train prime mover?

In this Notice, a road train prime mover is defined as a prime mover fitted with a tandem-drive axle group registered in a state or territory as a multi-combination prime mover capable of towing two or more trailers.

To identify an eligible prime mover, refer to the registration configuration charging codes in Table 1. These codes can be located on the prime mover's registration papers, & via your state or territory’s online registration checker, or through the NHVR Registration Checker app.

 

Table 1 - Registration charge codes for multi-combination prime movers

Road train prime mover category ACT, NSW, NT, QLD, TAS, VIC, WA SA
3-axle prime mover  MC3 MU3
4-axle prime mover  MC4  MU4

For additional information on heavy vehicle registration, refer to the relevant state or territory road authority where your prime mover is registered. A list of state and territory road transport authorities is available on the Useful Links page.

 

Eligible vehicles and combinations

A road train prime mover must be fitted with a tandem-axle drive group.

Table 2 shows all eligible vehicles and combinations. Other than the drive group, axle groups shown in the images may vary, depending on the combination's axle configuration. The road train steer axle mass limit can be applied to all single steer eligible prime movers, when complying with the Notice conditions, minimum tyre widths and state base requirements.

 

Table 2 - Eligible vehicles and combinations

Vehicle type Image Max length Max width Mass eligibility
        7.1t steer mass GML CML HML*
Road train prime mover Image of Road Train Prime Mover showing maximum length 12.5m 2.5m × ×
Road train prime mover and an unladen converter dolly Image of Road Train Prime Mover unlaiden converter dolly showing maximum metre length 19.0m 2.5m × ×
Road train prime mover and semitrailer Image of Road Train Prime Mover and semitrailer showing length 20.0m 2.5m
Road train prime mover, semitrailer and unladen converter dolly Image of Road Train Prime Mover showing unlaiden converter dolly length 26.0m 2.5m
Road train prime mover in a B-double combination Image of Road Train Prime Mover b-double combination showing maximum length 27.0m 2.5m

*HML in Victoria is considered under an NHVR permit application. Refer to NHVR Portal. 

Conditions

Notices are subject to conditions to ensure public safety, asset protection or to present adverse effects to the community such as noise, emission or traffic congestion.

Note: Review the national dimension and mass requirements sections first, then consider the specific conditions sections below for state and council conditions related to this notice.

 

National Dimension requirements - click to expand

The following dimension conditions apply nationally to an eligible vehicle or combination, unless a specific state condition is more restrictive.

     

    Road train prime mover notice length limits

    The notice provides length exemption to eligible combinations under the notice. Table 3 provides a comparison of the combination length limits provided in the Notice and those provided by the MDL Regulation.

    The Notice's length exemption must be due to the road train prime mover. All trailer dimensions must comply with the prescribed requirement of the MDL. For more information, see Trailer length limits below.

    All other prescribed dimensions apply to eligible vehicles operating under the Notice. These are the same requirements as those that apply to other Class 2 vehicles, including prescribed width, height, rear overhang and the trailer dimension limits in Table 4.

     

    Table 3 - Combination length limits

    Vehicle Prescribed length Notice length
    Prime mover 12.5m 12.5m
    Prime mover and converter dolly 19.0m 19.0m
    Prime mover semitrailer 19.0m 20m
    Prime mover semitrailer and converter dolly 25–26m depending on jurisdiction 26m
    B-double 26m 27m

    All other prescribed dimensions apply to eligible vehicles operating under the Notice. These are the same requirements as those that apply to other Class 2 vehicles, including prescribed width, height, rear overhang and the trailer dimension limits in Table 4.

    The Notice's length exemption must be due to the road train prime mover. All trailer dimensions must comply with the prescribed requirement of the MDL. For more information, see Trailer length limits below.

     


    General dimension requirements

    The notice provides no exemptions to these general dimensions. These are the same requirements as those that apply to other Class 2 vehicles.

     

    Table 4 - Overview of national general dimensions applying under the notice

    Type of dimension Maximum dimension
    Width limit 2.5m
    Height limit

    4.6m for livestock, car carriers and specified semitrailers

    4.3m all other combinations

    Rear overhang 3.7m or 60% of the wheelbase
    Trailer length limits

    Refer to the following sections:

    • Trailer length limits
    • Maximum length of a B-double

     

    Note: For more information on prescribed dimensions, see National heavy vehicle general dimension requirements.
    Note: For more information about 4.6m high vehicles, see Operating a 4.6m high heavy vehicle as a specified semitrailer and under other notices.

     


    Trailer length limits

    The Notice does not provide an exemption for trailer length. All trailers must comply with the same prescribed trailer dimension limits that apply to the compliant combinations (e.g. the semitrailer length limits in the MDL Regulation shown in Figure 2).

    Semi-trailer measurement

    Figure 2 - Diagram of a semitrailer measurement

    Note: A semitrailer that exceeds the above trailer length limits is not eligible to operate under this Notice (e.g. a refrigerated semitrailer with a distance of over 12.3m when measured from the front articulation point to the semitrailer's rear).

     


    Maximum length of a B-double under this notice

    A B-double may be up to 27m long if:

    • the distance from the front articulation point of the most forward semitrailer to the rear of the B-double is not more than 20.6m (see Figure 3)
    • the prime mover is fitted with a front underrun protective device complying with Regulation No. 93 made under the UNECE Agreement or ADR 84 – Front Underrun Impact Protection
    • the prime mover was manufactured after 31 December 2005 and is fitted with a cab complying with Regulation No. 29 made under the UNECE Agreement
    • the prime mover does not have an area carrying, or built to carry, goods, other than for a deck permitted under subsection (3A) of the MDL Regulation:
      • "(3A) A prime mover in a B-double carrying, or designed to carry, vehicles may have a deck fitted over the top of the prime mover that is carrying, or built to carry, a vehicle".

    Note: This is the same requirement for 26m B-doubles under the MDL Regulation (see Figure 4 below).

     

    Dimension requirements 27m B Double

    Figure 3 - Dimension requirements for a 27m B-double

     

    Dimension requirements 26m B Double

    Figure 4 - Dimension requirements for a 26m B-double

     

     


    Tri-tri B-doubles

    A tri-tri B-double is a B-double with tri-axle groups on both trailers. Tri-tri B-doubles must conform to the X-Y rule in the MDL Regulation.

    In Queensland, a tri-tri B-double combination used on the B-double network must comply with B-doubles' axle configuration in the MDL Regulation (Schedule 6 Part 2 section 10) and have a minimum X and Y value. See Queensland specific conditions for more details.

    If you are using a standard B-double trailer set in a participating state or territory other than Queensland, the X-Y measurements under this Notice are the same and will not change with a road train prime mover.

    The X-Y Rule means if distance X is greater than distance Y, the difference between these distances must not be more than 1m. If distance Y is greater than distance X, the difference between these distances must not be more than 1.3m (MDL Regulation Schedule 6 Part 2 section 10) (see Figure 5).

    X Y Rule diagram

    Figure 5 - Tri-tri B-double X-Y Rule

     

    National Mass requirements - click to expand

    The following mass conditions apply nationally to an eligible vehicle or combination, unless a specific state condition provides a more restrictive condition. Please note the state specific conditions on this page.

     

    What are road train steer mass limits?

    Road train steer axle mass limits are those that prime movers can operate at when forming part of a road train (see table 5).

    This Notice allows road train prime movers to operate at road train steer mass limits when used in any smaller (non-road train) eligible combinations under the Notice.

     

    Table 5 - Steer mass limits of a road train prime mover

    Steer axle Mass Limit
    With tyres of section width at less than 295mm, unless a complying steer vehicle 6.0t
    With tyres of section width at least 295mm 6.5t
    With tyres of section width at least 375mm 7.1t

     

    Notice specific mass requirements

    Under the Notice, an eligible road train prime mover can operate at the prescribed road train steer mass limits when decoupled from a road train configuration. All other prescriptive axle mass limits apply. The road train steer mass limits are shown in Table 5.

    The Notice provides access for eligible combinations at the following mass limits:

    1. General Mass Limits (GML)
      1. One-tonne mass exception
    2. Concessional Mass Limits (CML) and
    3. Higher Mass Limits (HML), excluding Victoria

    Volumetric loading is not permitted under this Notice. Mass limits for livestock carriers are restricted to prescriptive mass limits (GML, CML or HML) if operating under this Notice.

    A prime mover that is eligible for road train steer mass limits shown in Table 5, applies the additional mass as an increase to the total combination mass limit.

    For example, a prime mover and triaxle semitrailer combination under GML is eligible for 42.5t. Under the Notice, the same combination using a road train prime mover has an increased GML total combination up to 43.6t. The increase in mass must be due to the steer axle mass of a maximum of 7.1t and is subject to Notice conditions.

    Note: In some cases, this is an increase of 1.1t, or 0.6t for a complying steer. The road train steer mass limit does not apply to a twin steer vehicle. Twin steer can operate under the Notice (other than South Australia); however, it must comply with prescriptive axle group and total mass limits for twinsteer combinations under the HVNL.

    1. General Mass Limits

    GML applies to all heavy vehicles and is the stated allowable mass for a heavy vehicle axle group, unless the vehicle is operating under an accreditation or an exemption under HVNL.

    General mass requirements include mass limits for the following:

    • those specified by the vehicle manufacturer
    • individual axles and axle groups (see Table 6)
    • individual components (vehicles and trailers)
    • the combination, including as determined by axle spacing requirements (including tri-tri B-double axle spacing rules).

     

    Table 6 - Mass limits of the Notice

    Axle group/tyres Axle Axle/vehicle requirements Tyre section width Mass limit (t) - GML Mass limit (t) - CML Mass limit (t) - HML
    Steer axle Diagram - 1 axle 1 tyre Default limit n/a 6.0 6.0 6.0
        Complying steer axle Suitability rated 6.5 6.5 6.5
        Road train steer axle 295–375 mm 6.5 6.5 6.5
        Road train steer axle At least 375 mm 7.1 7.1 7.1
               
    Single axle Diagram - 1 axle 1 tyre Single tyres Less than 375mm 6.0 6.0 6.0
        Single tyres 375–450mm 6.7   6.7
        Single tyres At least 450mm 7.0 7.0 7.0
      Diagram - 1 axle 2 tyre Dual tyres n/a 9.0 9.0 9.0
                 
    Twin-steer axle group - Single tyres Diagram - 2 axles 1 tyre Non-load-sharing suspension system n/a 10.0  10.0  10.0 
        Load-sharing suspension system n/a 11.0 11.0 11.0
                 
    Tandem axle group Diagram - 2 axles 1 tyre Single tyres on all axles Less than 375mm 11.0 11.5 11.0
        Single tyres on all axles 375–450mm

     

    13.3 13.8 13.3
        Single tyres on all axles at least 450mm 14.0 14.5 14.0
      Diagram - 1 axle 2 tyres plus 1 axle 1 tyre combination Single tyres on one axle and dual tyres on the other axle n/a 13.0 13.5 14.0
      Diagram - 2 axles 2 tyres Dual tyres on all axles n/a 16.5 17.0 17.0
                 
    Tri-axle group Diagram - 3 axles 1 tyre Single tyres on all axles Single tyres less than 375mm 15.0 15.5 15.0
      Diagram  - 3 axles combination of tyres Combination of single and dual tyres Single tyres less than 375mm 15.0 15.5 15.0
      Diagram - 3 axles 1 tyre Single tyres on all axles At least 375 mm 20.0 21.0 22.5
      Diagram  - 3 axles combination of tyres Combination of single and dual tyres Single tyres at least 375 mm 20.0 21.0 22.5
      Diagram - 3 axles 2 tyres Dual tyres on all axles n/a 20.0 21.0 22.5
                 
    Quad-axle Diagram - 4 axles 1 tyre Single tyres on all axles Less than 375mm 15.0 15.0 15.0
        Single tyres on all axles At least 375mm 20.0 20.0 20.0
      Diagram - 4 axles 2 tyres Dual tyres on all axles n/a 20.0 20.0 20.0

     

    1a. One-tonne mass exception

    Eligible combinations with a tri-axle group operating under this notice at GML can apply the one-tonne tri-axle mass exception (1TMTA).

    1TMTA allows increased mass on tri-axle groups so that they may be loaded up to 1t above the standard tri-axle group 20t GML. Any additional mass loaded onto each tri-axle group is offset onto another non-steer axle or axle groups.

    The 1TMTA does not permit any increase to a vehicle’s maximum (total) mass but gives more flexibility in how mass may be distributed across axle groups.

    For more information, see 1-Tonne Tri-axle Mass Transfer Allowance.


    2. Concessional Mass Limits

    CML allows operators enrolled in the Mass Management Module of the National Heavy Vehicle Accreditation Scheme (NHVAS) to use mass limits above the national GML. When operating at CML under the Notice, NHVAS accredited can use the Notice's steer mass limit and the mass concession applied under CML.

    The steer mass limits under the Notice do not apply where the concessional mass limit is provided under a separate Class 3 notice or permit (e.g. the Queensland Class 3 Heavy Vehicle Additional Concessional Mass Limits Exemption Notice 2019). Operators must comply with the conditions of the applicable notice or permit, including the steer mass limits.

    Any increase to steer mass limit provided by the Notice is considered a part of a combination’s total gross combination mass (GCM) and is not affected by CML. Figure 7 and Figure 8 show the applicable maximum axle and total mass limits for a combination when operating at CML.

    For more information about the NHVAS, visit Concessional Mass Limits.

     

    Example of CML application for prime mover

    Figure 7 - Example of CML application for a prime mover and semitrailer showing vehicle's GML axle groups and applying CML concession

     

    Example of CML application for prime mover

    Figure 8 - Example of CML application for prime mover, semitrailer and unladen converter dolly showing vehicle's GML axle groups and applying CML concession.

     


    3. Higher Mass Limits

    This Notice operates in conjunction with the HML Authorities Notice listed in Table 7.

    This Notice does not provide HML access in Victoria. Access may be considered by permit.

     

    Table 7 - Corresponding jurisdictional HML authority

    Jurisdiction Notice
    The Australian Capital Territory Australian Capital Territory Class 3 Mass Management Accreditation Exemption Notice 2019
    New South Wales New South Wales Higher Mass Limits Declaration 2020
    Queensland Queensland Higher Mass Limits Declaration 2019
    South Australia South Australia Class 3 (Application of Higher Mass Limits) Mass Exemption Notice 2020

    When operating at HML under the Notice, operators must comply with the approved networks of the National Class 3 Road Train Prime Mover Mass, and Dimension Exemption Notice and the operating conditions on the relevant Higher Mass Limit Authorities Notice (see Table 8). For example, in New South Wales and Queensland, operators must comply with the requirements of telematics.

    Telematics means an onboard vehicle telecommunication system used to monitor the vehicle's location and approved by the applicable jurisdictional Notice.

    Note: Any increase to steer mass limit provided by the Notice is considered a part of the combinations total gross combination mass (GMC) and is not affected by HML. Figure 7 and Figure 8 show the applicable maximum axle and total mass limits for the combination when operating at HML.

     

    Example of CML application for prime mover

    Figure 9 - an example of a HML application for a prime mover and semitrailer. The image shows the vehicles GML & HML axle groups.

     

    Example of CML application for prime mover

    Figure 10 - an example of a HML application for a prime mover, semitrailer, and unladen converter dolly. The image shows the vehicle's GML and HML axle groups.

     

    Victoria - special Mass conditions - click to expand

    In Victoria, a permit is required to operate at HML.

    There are two levels of access in Victoria for a prime mover semitrailer and unladen converter dolly. They include access at:

    • a maximum 46.6t mass limit with an unladen converter dolly of 3.0t or less
    • the combination GML, including the weight of the unladen converter dolly. See Table 8 for more information.

     

    Table 8 - Victorian mass limits for a prime mover, semitrailer and unladen converter dolly

    Steer mass Drive axle Tandem Semitrailer Unladen converter dolly Route
    Tandem Tri-axle
    7.1t 16.5t 16.5t 20.0t Unladen tare mass Victoria road train network
    7.1t 16.5t 16.5t 20.0t 3.0t Victoria B-double network

    The total mass equals the sum of axle mass.

     

    Queensland - special conditions - click to expand

    In Queensland, the following conditions apply. 

    An eligible vehicle operating under this notice in Queensland, must take the most direct route between:

    1. the place at which the vehicle decouples or reconfigures the prime mover and trailers that compose the combination in a such a way that it becomes an eligible vehicle; and
    2. the place where the eligible vehicle’s journey begins or ends.

    A minimum of 5m wheelbase is required for a prime mover regardless of the combination when operating with road train steer mass limits,

    Example of CML application for prime mover

    Figure 6 - Example of QLD prime move wheelbase

    In addition to the wheelbase requirement, an eligible B-double combination operating with road train steer mass limits on the approved B-double network must comply with the following.

    1. Tri-tri b-double combinations must comply with (A) and have a minimum X and Y values in table 9.
    2. Axle spacing mass limits – the eligible vehicle must comply with the masses in table 3 of Part 2 of Schedule 1 of the MDL regulation, including mass limits in the extended table in appendix 1.

     

    Table 9 - Queensland X-Y dimension for eligible 26m B-doubles with 7.1t steer mass limit

    Axle group description Minimum dimension

    X means the distance in metres (measured to the nearest tenth of a metre) between the centre-lines of the last axle of the B-double's prime mover and the first axle of its first semitrailer

    5.35m

    Y means the distance in metres (measured to the nearest tenth of a metre) between the centre-lines of the last axle of the B-double's first semitrailer and the first axle of its second semitrailer

    5.5m

     

    Appendix 1 - Axle spacing mass limits

    The axle spacing mass limits shown below provides the complete table for axle spacing mass limits in Queensland for a B-double on the approved 25/26m B-double Network. The table shows prescribed mass limits from MDL Regulation and extended axle spacings in the Queensland Schedule 3 of the Notice.   

    Minimum axle spacing is at least   Minimum axle spacing is less than Mass limit (t)
    0.0 2.5 15.0
    2.5 3.7 23.0
    3.7 3.7 23.5
    3.8 4.0 24.0
    4.0 4.2 24.5
    4.2 4.3 25.0
    4.3 4.5 25.5
    4.5 4.7 26.0
    4.7 4.8 26.5
    4.8 5.0 27.0
    5.0 5.2 27.5
    5.2 5.3 28.0
    5.3 5.5 28.5
    5.5 5.7 29.0
    5.7 5.8 29.5
    5.8 6.0 30.0
    6.0 6.2 30.5
    6.2 6.3 30.5
    6.3 6.5 31.5
    6.5 6.7 32.0
    6.7 6.8 32.5
    6.8 7.0 33.0
    7.0 7.2 33.5
    7.2 7.3 34.0
    7.3 7.5 34.5
    7.5 7.7 35.0
    7.7 7.8 35.5
    7.8 8.0 36.0
    8.0 8.2 36.5
    8.2 8.3 37.0
    8.3 8.5 37.5
    8.5 8.7 38.0
    .7 8.8 38.5
    8.8 9.0 39.0
    9.0 9.2 39.5
    9.2 9.3 40.0
    9.3 9.5 40.5
    9.5 9.7 41.0
    9.7 9.8 41.5
    9.8 10.0 42.0
    10.0 10.2 42.5
    10.2 10.3 43.0
    10.3 10.5 43.5
    10.5 10.7 44.0
    10.7 10.8 44.5
    10.8 11.0 45.0
    11.0 11.2 45.5
    11.2 11.3 46.0
    11.3 11.7 46.5
    11.5 11.7 46.5
    11.7 12.0 47.0
    12.0 12.3 47.5
    12.3 12.7 48.0
    12.7 13.0 48.5
    13.0 13.3 49.0
    13.3 13.7 49.5
    13.7 14.0 50.0
    14.0 14.3 50.5
    14.3 14.7 51.0
    14.7 15.0 51.5
    15.0 15.3 52.0
    15.3 15.7 52.5
    15.7 16.0 53.0
    16.0 16.3 53.5
    16.3 16.7 54.0
    16.7 17.0 54.5
    17.0 17.3 55.0
    17.3 17.7 55.5
    17.7 18.0 56.0
    18.0 18.3 56.5
    18.3 18.7 57.0
    18.7 19.0 57.5
    19.0 19.3 58.0
    19.3 19.7 58.5
    19.7 20.0 59.0
    20.0 20.3 59.5
    20.3 20.7 60.0
    20.7 21.0 60.5
    21.0 22.3 62.5
    22.3 22.7 63.0
    22.7 23.0 63.5
    23.0 - 63.6

    South Australia - special conditions - click to expand

    Twinsteer prime movers are not eligible in South Australia.

     

     

     

    Livestock Carriers - special Mass conditions - click to expand

    Mass limits for livestock carriers are restricted to prescriptive mass limits in any state or territory if operating under this Notice. Volumetric loading is not permitted under this Notice.

     

     

     

    Other conditions and additional Information

    Warning signs

    long vehicle sign

    Figure 10 - Example of a long vehicle sign

    Vehicles longer than 22m but not longer than 30m must display a long vehicle warning sign at the vehicle's rear.

    Warning sign requirements are described in the NHVR's Vehicle Standards Guide (VSG-19).

     

    Mechanical couplings and ratings

    Mechanical couplings are the devices that connect one component vehicle of a combination to another. They include:

    • fifth wheels, kingpins and turntables
    • pin-type couplings and drawbar eyes on converter dolly couplings.

    Towbars and tow couplings are safety critical components. All heavy vehicles must be verified as complying with the Vehicle Standards Bulletin 6 (Section P) and Vehicle Standard (Australian Design Rule 62/02 – Mechanical Connections Between Vehicles) 2007.

     

    Complying with the Heavy Vehicle National Law

    The operator of a heavy vehicle must ensure their vehicle complies with the Australian Design Rules and the HVNL. Using or permitting another person to use a defective heavy vehicle or a heavy vehicle with unapproved modifications on the road is an offence.

    Failure to comply with the Notice conditions may result in the driver and/or operator being liable for an offence. Penalties can include infringement notices or prosecution.

    For more information, see the Compliance and Enforcement Bulletins at www.nhvr.gov.au/ce-bulletins.

     

    Chain of Responsibility

    Under the HVNL Chain of Responsibility (CoR) laws, everyone in the transport supply chain must take positive steps to prevent any breach of the mass, dimension and loading provisions.

    For more Information on your CoR obligations, see www.nhvr.gov.au/cor

     

    Requirement to carry the Notice

    Drivers do not need to carry a copy of the Notice.

    Supporting Documents

    There are currently no supporting documents to this Notice.

    All information about the Notice is contained on this page. Please refer to the tabs for more information about this Notice, or contact us with your specific questions. 

    > Click here to view the official legal copy of the notice at the Federal Register of Legislation

    Network & Maps

    In some instances, the Notice provides general access. This means that those vehicles provided general access by the Notice are granted unrestricted access to the road system when complying with GML, except where a road or bridge is signposted otherwise.  

    All other approved routes are existing networks published by the relevant jurisdictions. Table 8 lists the approved network links for eligible combinations under the Notice.

    In addition to the nominated networks in the jurisdiction’s schedules, operators must ensure compliance with the specific road manager access requirements as set out in the following sections below: 

    • Non-participating road managers 
    • Participating road manager network conditions.

     


    Network mapping home pages for states

     


    Approved routes covered by the notice

    The following routes are approved for travel for vehicles eligible under this notice.

    Approved routes - click to expand

     

    Table 10 - Approved routes covered by the Notice

    Vehicle or Combination Jurisdiction GML network map HML network

    Road train prime mover

    Image of Road Train Prime Mover showing maximum length

    SA 19m HML network Not eligible
    All other jurisdictions General access Not eligible

    Road train prime mover and an unladen converter dolly

    Image of Road Train Prime Mover unlaiden converter dolly showing maximum metre length

    ACT B-double network Not eligible
    NSW 23m B-double GML network
    25/26 B-double GML network
    Not eligible
    SA 19m HML network Not eligible
    QLD General access Not eligible
    VIC B-double network Not eligible

    Road train prime mover and semitrailer

    Image of Road Train Prime Mover and semitrailer showing length

    ACT B-double network HML network
    NSW 23m & 25/26 B-double GML networks 25/26 B-double HML network
    SA PBS Level 1A network PBS Level 1A network
    QLD

     

    23 metre B-double network
    25/26 metre B-double network
    Type 1 Road Train network
    Type 2 Road Train network
    As per GML, as well as approved for Higher Mass Limits network
    VIC B-double network Eligible via permit

    Road train prime mover, semitrailer and an unladen converter dolly

    Image of Road Train Prime Mover showing unlaiden converter dolly length

    ACT B-double network HML network
    NSW GML Type 1 A-double network HML Type 1 A-double network
    SA Road Train Converter Dolly (GML) network Road Train Converter Dolly (HML) network
    QLD 23 metre B-double network
    25/26 metre B-double network
    Type 1 Road Train network
    Type 2 Road Train network
    As per GML, as well as approved for Higher Mass Limits network
    VIC Maximum mass 46.6t
    B-double network
    Eligible via permit
    Road Train network Eligible via permit

    26m B-double

    Image of Road Train Prime Mover b-double combination showing 26m length

    ACT B-double network HML Network
    NSW GML Type 1 A-double network HML Type 1 A-double network
    SA 26m B-double (GML) network 26m B-double (HML) network
    QLD 25/26 metre B-double network
    Type 1 Road Train network
    Type 2 Road Train network
    As per GML, as well as approved for Higher Mass Limits network
    VIC Road Train network Eligible via permit

    27m B-Double

    Image of Road Train Prime Mover b-double combination showing maximum length

    ACT B-double network HML network
    NSW GML Type 1 A-double network HML Type 1 A-double network
    SA 30m Road Train (GML) Network 30m Road Train (HML) network
    QLD Type 1 Road Train network
    Type 2 Road Train network
    As per GML, as well as approved for Higher Mass Limits network
    VIC Road Train network Eligible via permit

     

    Note: Approved networks are subject to non-participating road managers and participating road manager access conditions

     


    Non-participating road managers

    Non-participating road managers have not yet provided support for the Notice.

    Access on local roads in the following council areas is not approved for any combination under the Notice and operators will need to apply for an NHVR permit.

    Access to state roads (other than in Queensland) on the approved nominated networks in these council areas is allowed.

    New South Wales - click to expand

    • Armidale Regional Council
    • Bankstown and Camden Airport
    • Bayside Council
    • Bellingen Shire Council
    • Central Coast Council
    • City of Sydney
    • Cumberland Council
    • Forests NSW
    • Glen Innes Severn Council
    • Hornsby Shire Council
    • Inner West Council
    • Ku-ring-gai Council
    • Lake Macquarie City Council
    • Lane Cove Council
    • Oberon Council
    • Strathfield Municipal Council
    • Sydney Airport Corporation Limited
    • Tenterfield Shire Council
    • Waverley Council
    • Willoughby City Council
    • Wingecarribee Shire Council
    • Woollahra Municipal Council

    Queensland - click to expand

    • Balonne Shire Council
    • Kowanyama Aboriginal Shire Council
    • Lockart River Aboriginal Council
    • Mackay Airport
    • Mornington Aboriginal Shire Council
    • Napranum Aboriginal Shire Council
    • Noosa Shire Council
    • Palm Island Aboriginal Council
    • Torres Strait Island Regional Aboriginal Council
    • Townsville Airport Pty Ltd
    • Transurban
    • Yarrabah Community Council

    South Australia - click to expand

    • Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara
    • Campbelltown City Council
    • City of Norwood Payneham and St Peters
    • City of Unley
    • Kangaroo Island Council
    • Maralinga Tjarutja

    Victoria - click to expand

    • Alpine Shire Council
    • Cardinia Shire Council
    • City of Port Phillip
    • Department of Sustainability and Environment
    • Kingston City Council
    • La Trobe Shire Council
    • Melbourne Airport
    • Parks Victoria
    • Shire of Melton

     

     

     


    Participating road manager network conditions

    The following section provides specific road manager access conditions under the Notice.

    Road manager conditions should be reviewed regularly to ensure that the travel of eligible combinations complies with any access condition. Road manager conditions and restrictions in this section may change from time to time.

    For further information on how to comply with these conditions, please contact the relevant road manager.

     

    New South Wales - click to expand

    Penrith City Council

    Additional approved local government roads

    Penrith City Council approves the following local government roads for nominated combinations, subject to compliance with any other Notice conditions that may apply. Table 9 shows additional approved roads for prime mover and semitrailer only.

     

    Table 11 - Penrith City Council additional approved roads for 20m prime mover and semitrailer

    Industrial area Road name Start and end location
    Erskine Park

     

    James Erskine Dr The entire length of the road
    Grady Cres The entire length of the road
    Distribution Dr The entire length of the road

     

    Richmond Valley Council

    Richmond Valley Council approves the use of a prime mover on:
    • New South Wales 23m B-double GML network
    • New South Wales 25/26 B-double GML network.

    A permit is required for any other road under the management of the council.

    All other networks apply under the Notice.

     

    South Australia - click to expand

    District Council of Lower Eyre Peninsula

    Restricted roads

    The roads in Table 12 are not approved under the Notice by the District Council of Lower Eyre Peninsula.

     

    Table 12 - District Council of Lower Eyre Peninsula restricted roads

    Road name Start location End location
    Bratten Way Tod Hwy Flinders Hwy
    Wakelin Rd Lawrence Rd

    Victoria - click to expand

    Mildura Rural City Council

    Wet weather

    On unsealed roads, travel is accessible in dry weather only.

    Additional approved local government roads

    The Mildura Rural City Council approves the local government roads in the Council area shown in Table 13 for all eligible combinations under the Notice, subject to compliance with any other Notice and network conditions that may apply.

     

    Table 13 - Mildura Rural City Council additional approved roads (all eligible combinations)

    Road name Start location End location
    Alkira Rd Calder Hwy Little Cowra Rd
    Ash Ave Walnut Ave, Mildura Sturt Hwy, Mildura
    Azolia St Calder Hwy Cocklin Ave
    Baring Rd Frankel Rd (Municipal Boundary Ch 926m) Hulland Rd
    Barndeet Ave Cocklin Ave Kulkyne Way
    Beasley Dr Full length of Road  
    Belar Ave Exit Twenty Second St, Irymple Calder Hwy, Irymple
    Belar Ave Eleventh St Fifteenth St
    Benetook Ave Calder Hwy Red Cliffs Meringur Rd, Koorlong (Millewa Rd)
    Billabong Rd Karadoc Ave End
    Boinka South Rd Mallee Hwy South Rd
    Boobook Ave Twentieth St, Red Cliffs Ponde St, Red Cliffs
    Boomerang Ave Dow Ave, Irymple Westcliffs Ave, Cardross
    Boonoonar Rd Calder Hwy Kulkyne Way
    Boronia Dr Sturt Hwy End of Formation (Ch 230m)
    Britt St Rowe St Dakers St
    Brown Rd Kulkyne Way Kulkyne Way
    Brownport Rd Calder Hwy Kulkyne Way
    Buloke St Cocklin Ave Wonega Ave
    Calotis St Calder Hwy Cocklin Ave
    Campbell Ave McCracken St Fifteenth St
    Carey St Cocklin Rd Merrijig Ave
    Carwarp Ave Millewa Ave, Irymple Twenty Second St, Cardross
    Carwarp Rd Calder Hwy End of Seal (Olam Orchards)
    Cassia St Nursery Ridge Rd Woomera Ave
    Cassia St N Cocklin Ave Nerrum Ave
    Castle Crossing Rd Kulkyne Way Brightons Tank Rd
    Channel Rd Ranfurly Way Sixth St
    Charles Rd River Ave, Birdwoodton McSwains Rd, Birdwoodton
    Cocklin Ave Calder Hwy Cureton Ave
    Coorong Ave Millewa Ave, Irymple Red Cliffs Meringur Rd, Red Cliffs
    Cowangie South Rd Mallee Hwy End (Ch 11,295m)
    Cowanna Ave Calder Hwy Fifth St
    Cowanna Ave S McCarthys Rd, Merbein South Sixth St, Merbein South
    Cowra Ave Park Rd, Nichols Point Seventeenth St, Mildura
    Cureton Ave Calder Hwy Sturt Hwy, Mildura
    Cureton Ave Cocklin Ave Benetook Ave
    Dacelo Ave Dumosa St Carey St
    Dairtnunk Ave Karadoc Ave, Irymple Westcliffs Ave, Cardross
    Dayman St Cowangie South Rd Cemetery Rd
    Deakin Ave Sturt Hwy, Mildura Twenty First St, Koorlong
    Dewry Ave Eleventh St Fifteenth St
    Dickies Rd Calder Hwy, Birdwoodton McEdward St, Birdwoodton
    Dow Ave Benetook Ave, Mildura Belar Ave Exit, Irymple
    Dow Ave Sturt Hwy McEdward St
    Dumosa St Barndeet Ave Merrijig Ave
    Dunkley Rd Railway Terrace- Weir Rd
    Dyar Ave Calder Hwy (Change of Pavement Ch 20m) Dow Ave
    Edey Rd Kulkyne Way Johns Way
    Edwards Rd Mallee Hwy Latimer Rd
    Eleventh St Benetook Ave Cureton Ave, Irymple
    Emmett St Farrell St (Sturt Hwy) Harold St
    Etiwanda Ave Seventh St Twenty First St, Koorlong
    Euston Ave Millewa Ave, Irymple Twentieth St, Cardross
    Fasham St Underbool South Rd- Underbool Rd Patchewollock
    Fifth St Meridian Rd River Ave
    First St Cowanna Ave (Calder Hwy) End of Gravel (Ch 2,415m)
    First St Karadoc Ave Cureton Ave
    Fitzory Ave Calder Hwy Cocklin Ave
    Flora Ave Seventeenth St (Calder Hwy) Dow Ave
    Fourteenth St Etiwanda Ave, Mildura Cureton Ave, Irymple
    Freeman Dr Nursery Ridge Rd Stewart Rd
    Fuller St Farrell St (Calder Hwy) Weir St
    Game St Obryan St Smith St
    Gibbs Rd Kulkyne Way End & Fence (Ch 7,800m)
    Ginquam Ave Cureton Ave Fifteenth St
    Glen St Cregan St Kenyon St
    Grace Rd Kulkyne Way End (Ch 950m)
    Greentek Court Benetook Ave End
    Hazle Rd Carey St Stewart Rd
    Hockings Rd Mena Rd (Calder Hwy) McKays Rd
    Honour Ave Yelta Rd Fifth St
    Indi Ave Calder Hwy Cocklin Ave
    Iraak Lake Rd Kulkyne Way Iraak Lake Rd (Tee Intersection – Ch 2,175m)
    Irymple Ave Billabong Rd, Nichols Point Sixteenth St, Irymple
    Jamieson Ave Calder Hwy Cocklin Ave
    Jessica St Gibb's Rd End of Rd Reserve (Ch195m)
    Johansen Drive Sturt Hwy Lake Park Rd
    Johns Way Edey Rd End and Unnamed Rd (R3104 Ch 5,245m)
    Karadoc Ave Billabong Rd, Nichols Point Dairtnunk Ave, Irymple
    Kauri St Nardoo St, Red Cliffs West Cliffs Ave
    Kempe Rd Lacy Ave South Australian Border (Ch 8,450m)
    Kenyon St Murphys Rd (Hopetoun Walpeup Rd)- Glen St
    King St Start of Seal & Waste Facility Gate (Ch 185m) Tower St
    Konnung Ave Nursery Ridge Rd Stewart Rd
    Koorlong Ave Cureton Ave, Nichols Point Sixteenth St, Irymple
    Kulkyne Way Boonoonar Rd End of Gravel and National Park (Ch 5,330m south of Boonoonar Rd)
    Lacey Ave S.A. Border (Ch 0.0)

    Grid and End of Seal (Ch 6,850m) Old Mail Rd

    Consent required from DEPI

    Lake Park Rd Johansen Dr Johansen Drive
    Lakeside Court Boronia Dr End of Rd reserve (Ch100m)
    Laurel St Nardoo St, Red Cliffs West Cliffs Ave
    Lewis Rd Kulkyne Way Boonoonar Rd
    Lewis St Dayman St Unnamed Rd Reserve (R4475 – Ch 375m
    Little Cowra Rd Wentworth Rd (Calder Hwy) Meridian Rd
    Lock 9 Rd Sturt Hwy Lock 9 Residences and Pump House
    Lowan Ave Ponde St, Red Cliffs Red Cliffs Meringur Rd, Red Cliffs (Millewa Rd)
    Malkin Ave Cotter St South St
    Mamengoroock Rd Mallee Hwy Pink Lakes Rd
    Mathewson Rd Dow Ave, Birdwoodton Oak Ave, Birdwoodton
    Mc Cracken St Calder Hwy Campbell Ave
    McDonald Rd Boinka South Rd End
    McEdward St River Ave McSwains Rd
    McKays Rd McEdward St River Ave
    McSwains Rd McEdward St River Ave
    Mellis St Twenty Second St, Irymple Avocat Ave N, Red Cliffs
    Meridian Access Rd Mallee Hwy Meridian Rd
    Meridian Rd Calder Hwy Sturt Hwy
    Meridian Rd Bailey Rd Latta Rd
    Meringur North Rd Sturt Hwy Millewa Rd
    Monash Ave Underbool South Rd Underbool Rd Patchewollock
    Mondall Rd Brownport Rd End (Court)
    Moonah St Coorong Ave, Red Cliffs Avocat Ave N, Red Cliffs
    Morpung Ave Cureton Ave, Nichols Point Coorong Ave, Irymple
    Mulga St Myall St, Cardross Dairtnunk Ave, Cardross
    Mullroo Drive Sturt Hwy End of Seal (Ch 330m)
    Myall St Boomerang Ave, Cardross Avocat Ave N, Red Cliffs
    Nangiloc Kinder Cark Park Nangiloc Kinder Rd End
    Nangiloc Kinder Rd Full length of road  
    Nardoo St Coorong Ave, Red Cliffs Calder Hwy, Red Cliffs
    Nealie St Boobook Ave, Cardross Dairtnunk Ave, Cardross
    Nerrum Ave Buloke St Cassia St
    Nineteenth St Walnut Ave, Mildura Daitrnunk Ave, Irymple
    Norman Rd Meridian Rd Honour Ave
    North West Rd Scott St End of Formation Ch 18,870m)
    Nursery Ridge Rd Cocklin Ave Cassia St (maybe Woomera Ave)
    Nyang South Rd Mallee Hwy Underbool Patchewollock Rd
    Oak Ave McEdward St Sturt Hwy
    Ontario Ave Eighth St, Mildura Sturt Hwy, Mildura
    Ouyen Patchewollock Rd Mallee Hwy Hopetoun Walpeup Rd
    Owen Rd Millewa Rd Meringur South Rd
    Panitya North Rd Mallee Hwy Wall Rd
    Paschendale Ave Calder Hwy Sturt Hwy
    Pawson Ave Twentieth St, Cardross Avocat Ave, Red Cliffs
    Pendlebury Rd Mallee Hwy Lodwick Rd
    Pirro Rd Sunraysia Hwy Tyenna Rd
    Pole Rd Mallee Hwy Stock Route Rd
    Ponde St Westcliffs Ave Boobook Ave, Cardross
    Pumps Rd Cocklin Ave Woomera Ave
    Quandong Ave Third St (Calder Hwy) Yelta Rd North
    Queen St Lowan Ave, Red Cliffs Coorong Ave, Red Cliffs
    Richardson St Hopetoun Walpeup Rd. End
    Ritchie St Hughes St End
    River Ave Walnut Ave, Koorlong  Channel Rd
    River Ave  Wentworth Rd  Reilly St
    Riverside Ave Sixteenth St, Mildura Calder Hwy, Mildura
    Rodwells Rd McKays Rd, Birdwoodton Charles Rd, Birdwoodton
    Ropers Rd Twentieth St, Cardross Westcliffs Ave, Cardross
    Rose St Sawmill Rd Sylvia St
    Rowe St Britt St Gregory St Service Rd
    Rudds Rd Kulkyne Way Barko Rd
    San Mateo Ave Seventeenth St, Mildura Twenty First St, Koorlong
    Sandilong Ave Cureton Ave, Nichols Point Johns Rd, Irymple
    Sandy Lane Dairtnunk Ave, Cardross End
    Sawmill Rd Calder Hwy River Reserve
    Scott St Gregory St Coustley Ave
    Scout Hall Rd Stewart Rd End
    Second St Cemetery Rd Calder Hwy
    Seventeenth St Cowra Ave, Irymple Sturt Hwy/Calder Way, Mildura
    Seventh St River Ave Paschendale Ave
    Seventh St Extension Oak Ave River Ave
    Sheoak Ave Sturt Hwy White Cliffe Ave
    Sixteenth St Belar Ave Exit, Irymple Benetook Ave, Mildura
    Sixth St Calder Hwy Paschendale Ave
    Stewart Rd Cocklin Ave Woomera Ave
    Stonehouse Court Millewa Rd End
    Sunbeam Ave Koorlong Ave Waltham Ave
    Sunny Cliffs Crescent Calder Hwy Calder Hwy
    Sylvia St Calder Hwy Rose St
    Third St Cowanna Ave Paschendale Ave
    Torney Rd  Sunraysia Hwy Council Boundary (must seek access from DEPI)
    Twentieth St White Cliff Ave, Mildura Coorong Ave, Red Cliffs
    Twenty Second St Daitrnunk Ave, Irymple Avocat Ave N, Red Cliffs
    Twenty second St Campbell Ave Calder Hwy
    Twenty Second St Benetook Ave Calder Hwy
    Twenty Third St Twentieth St Mercer St
    Underbool South Rd Mallee Hwy End
    Walnut Ave Sturt Hwy, Mildura River Ave, Koorlong
    Wargan Rd Meridian Rd Walker Rd
    Wentworth Rd River Ave Calder Hwy
    Werrimull North Rd Sturt Hwy Millewa Rd
    Werrimull South Rd Millewa Rd end of seal
    Westcliffs Ave Boomerang Ave, Cardross Kauri St, Red Cliffs
    Williams St Farrell St Scott St
    Wolfe Rd Carey St Stewart Rd
    Wonega Ave Pumps Rd Buloke St
    Woomera Ave Buloke St Kulkyne Way
    Yelta Rd Quandong Ave Meridian Rd
    Yelta Rd North Quandong Ave Cowanna Ave

    Queensland - click to expand

    Please see the conditions tab for additional conditions specific to Queensland.

     

    Cassowary Coast Regional Council

    Additional approved local government roads

    The Cassowary Coast Regional Council approves the local government roads in Table 14 for combinations approved to operate on the Queensland B-double networks under the Notice, subject to compliance with any other Notice conditions that may apply.

     

    Table 14 - Cassowary Coast Regional Council additional approved roads

    Road name Start location End location
    Ann Rd, Silky Oak The entire length of the road
    Clifford Rd, Innisfail The entire length of the road
    Goondi Mill Rd, Innisfail Clifford Rd Kavanagh Rd

     

    Logan City Council

    Restricted structures

    Logan City Council structures shown Table 15 in are restricted for any eligible road train prime mover or combination operating at 7.1t steer mass limit under the Notice.

     

    Note: Logan City Council may consider access by permit, based on axle spacing and the impact on the structure. Applications must be submitted through the NHVR Portal, providing axle spacing details.

     

    Table 15 - Logan City Council restricted structures

    Road name Structure name Latitude Longitude
    Mctaggart Rd, New Beith Wilson bridge -27.741042 152.940294
    Mctaggart bridge -27.741514 152.941716
    Moss St, Slacks Creek Moss Street bridge -27.621358 153.123964
    Third Ave, Marsden Third Avenue SB bridge -27.660426 153.091612
    Tully Rd, Lyons Tully Timber bridge -27.748242 152.910074
    Undullah Rd, Woodhill Woodhill timber bridge -27.888488 152.973285
    Waller Rd, Browns Plains Waller bridge -27.671467 153.0528

     

    Moreton Bay Regional Council

    Travel is not allowed on roads or across bridges with signposted load limits if the vehicle or combination exceeds the stated limits. Road restrictions can be found on the Moreton Bay Regional Council Road Restrictions webpage.

     

    Port of Brisbane

    Approved Port of Brisbane roads

    All roads within the port precinct are approved for eligible combinations under the Notice.

     

    Townsville City Council

    Townsville City Council approves the local government roads listed in Table 16 for 20m prime mover semitrailer combinations authorised under the Notice, subject to compliance with any other Notice conditions that may apply.

     

    Table 16 - Townsville City Council additional approved roads for 20m prime mover semitrailer combinations

    Road name Start location End location
    Dingo Park Rd, Woodstock Flinders Hwy Cattle Feed Lot

     

    Access off the approved network

    Vehicles and routes not eligible under this notice can apply for a permit via the NHVR Portal

    Applying for a permit

    Permit applications off the approved Network will be limited to single routes due to increased mass limits and vehicle length. This in turn may require one or more structural assessments to assess your route. This could result in delays or additional charges to your permit application.

    The route must show the connection to/from the approved Network.

    Tip: Still not sure whether you're covered under this notice or need a permit for all or part of your route? Call or email our customer support centre for custom help with your unique situation.

    How to apply for a permit

    When applying for a new NHVR permit via the NHVR Portal, after selecting "select configuration", scroll to the bottom and ensure you select the "custom build your own" vehicle type option. 

    Screenshot showing Portal screen with step 1

    Screenshot showing Portal screen with step 2

    The Custom build your own vehicle type will require the following vehicle details:

    • Unladen and laden dimensions
    • Unladen and laden mass limits
    • Number of tyre and their sizes
    • Axle spacings
    • Axle group mass limits
    • VIN Numbers and registration details
    • Ground contact width
    • Load sharing capabilities

    These details are required for the road manager to assess your application.

    Area and Network permit applications other than Victorian HML will not be considered in the initial release of the Notice.

    For more information on applying for permit refer to the NHVR access permit applications webpage, or contact our friendly call centre 1300 MYNHVR.

     

    Tools and Calculators

    To identify an eligible prime mover, refer to your registration configuration charging codes. These codes can be located on the prime mover's registration papers, & via your state or territory’s online registration checker, or through the NHVR Registration Checker app, (Table 7).

    See Overview tab for the registration configuration charging codes for multi- combination prime movers.

     

    Table 18 - Registration checker tools

    State Webpage
    National NHVR Portal registration checker app information
    Australian Capital Territory ACT Registration checker service
    New South Wales Service NSW Check a vehicle registration
    South Australia South Australia Ezy Reg on-line
    Tasmania Tasmanian Rego Check
    Queensland Queensland check registration status
    Victoria VicRoads registration check
    Western Australia WA DotDirect
    Northern Territory NT Check your registration

    Changes & Updates

    This is a new notice launched in 2021. Updates to this notice will be listed on this page, in Table 19, if and when required. 

     

    Table 19 - History of Notice

    Date Summary Links to resources and communications
    18 June 2021 Scenic Rim Regional Council, network consent provided Network and mapping tab, non-participating road managers
    1 June 2021 Notice published to the Gazette/Federal Register of Legislation https://www.legislation.gov.au/Details/C2021G00386
    1 June 2021 Launch press release New notice delivers smarter more productive road train transport
    24 - 28 May 2021 Road manager and industry review of notice web page  
    April 2021 Industry review and feedback  
    31 March 2021 Draft "Operators Guide" published to NHVR website in prototype format.  
    January 2020 - March 2021 Industry consultation  

    Terms used in this notice

    The following are terms used in this Notice or conditions of operation. Unless otherwise stated, words and expressions used in this Notice have the same meaning as defined in the HVNL.

     


     

    Table 20 - Definitions

    Term Definitions Source
    4.6m high vehicles

    The HVNL authorises specified semitrailers, livestock carriers and vehicle carriers to a height of no more than 4.6m. See Specified semitrailers, Livestock carriers and Vehicle carriers definitions below for combinations eligible to operate under this notice. 

    Operating a 4.6m high heavy vehicle as a specified semitrailer and under other notices
    Class 3

    A heavy is a Class 3 heavy vehicle if:

    • it, together with its load, does not comply with a prescribed mass requirement or prescribed dimension requirement applying to it:
      AND
    • it is not a Class 1 Heavy vehicle.
    Heavy Vehicle National Law (HVNL) Section 116 (3)
    Concessional mass limits (CML) Concessional mass limits are mass exceptions that apply as an exception to the general mass limits. CML applies to certain heavy vehicles and the operator of the CML heavy vehicle must hold NHVAS Mass Management Accreditation and the vehicle must be nominated. Heavy Vehicle (Mass, Dimension and Loading) National Regulation Schedule 2
    Compliant semitrailer A Semitrailer or dog trailer that measures not more than:
    • 9.5m between coupling and middle of rear axle group; and
    • 12.3m between coupling and rear of trailer; and
    • 1.9m (radius) forward of coupling
    Note: distances from the coupling are measured from the point of articulation, for semitrailers this is the kingpin, for dog trailers this is the point where the trailer attaches to the dolly.

    Compliant semi-trailer diagram

    Heavy Vehicle (Mass, Dimension and Loading) National Regulation Section 4 of Schedule 6
    General mass limits (GML) The heavy vehicle general axle mass limits prescribed in the HVNL that apply to public roads in Australia unless otherwise limited by load restriction signs. Heavy Vehicle (Mass, Dimension and Loading) National Regulation Schedule 1
    Higher mass limits (HML) A mass exception under the HVNL which allows higher mass limits on approved routes for particular vehicles or vehicle combinations dependent on other conditions being met (e.g. IAP and/or road friendly suspension may need to be fitted to the vehicle). Heavy Vehicle (Mass, Dimension and Loading) National Regulation Schedule 5
    Livestock carriers
    • A heavy vehicle or combination higher than 4.3m but not higher than 4.6m, built to carry cattle, sheep, pigs, goats or horses.
    • Mass limits for livestock carriers are restricted to prescriptive mass limits in any state or territory if operating under this Notice. Volumetric loading is not permitted under this Notice.

    Heavy Vehicle National Law (HVNL) section 136

    Road train prime mover A prime mover registered as a multi combination prime mover in a state or territory pursuant to section 16 of the Notice. National Class 3 Road Train Prime Mover Mass and Dimension Exemption Notice
    Participating jurisdictions Australian Capital Territory, New South Wales, Queensland, South Australia and Victoria. National Class 3 Road Train Prime Mover Mass and Dimension Exemption Notice
    Semi-trailer

    A trailer that has:

    • one axle group or a single axle towards the rear; and
    • a means of attachment to a prime mover that results in some of the mass of the trailer’s load being imposed on the prime mover.
    National Class 3 Road Train Prime Mover Mass and Dimension Exemption Notice
    Specified semitrailers A specified semitrailer is eligible that: 
    • is not a Performance Based Standards vehicle, is no greater than 4.6m high and forms part of a:
      • prime mover semitrailer;
      • B-double; or
      • B-triple
    • has a deck height up to 1.2m for at least 50% of its deck length, and is equipped with an air suspension system and effective dampers
    • operates at no greater than 90% of its applicable total combination mass limit.
    Heavy Vehicle National Law (HVNL) section 153A
    Tri-tri B-double A B-double with tri-axle groups on both trailers.

    Heavy Vehicle (Mass, Dimension and Loading) National Regulation Schedule 6 Part 2 Section 10

    Vehicle carriers A heavy vehicle that is a combination designed and built to carry vehicles on more than one deck that is higher than 4.3m but not higher than 4.6m.

    Heavy Vehicle National Law (HVNL) section 136

    Wheelbase

    Wheelbase (or inner wheelbase) in relation to a vehicle, means the distance from the centre line of the vehicle’s foremost axle to the rear overhang line.

    Heavy Vehicle (Mass, Dimension and Loading) National Regulation
    X-Y Rule

    A measurement for tri-tri B-doubles. If distance X is greater than distance Y, the difference between these distances must not be more than 1m. If distance Y is greater than distance X, the difference between these distances must not be more than 1.3m.

    X Y Rule diagram

    Heavy Vehicle (Mass, Dimension and Loading) National Regulation Schedule 6 Part 2 Section 10