National notices

National notices have been made under the Heavy Vehicle National Law (HVNL) and apply in multiple states and territories. You may be required to carry a copy of a national notice that you operate under. Please see the notices with this requirement here: Notices that must be carried (PDF, 84KB)

Variations to authorised routes will be made in the manner set out in the relevant notice (for example, through amendments to published maps, or the addition of routes to the notices themselves). All national notices are issued for a maximum of 5 years.

Acronyms used in table: MDL – Mass, dimension and loading; VS – Vehicle standards.

Title and description Gazette reference Category Application

Multi-State Class 1 Load Carrying Vehicles Dimension Exemption Notice 2016 (No. 1) (PDF 1.2MB) - Authorises the use of class 1 load carrying vehicles that are up to 5m wide, 30m long and 5m high (state dependant).

Please note the following supporting document for this notice:

Please note the following amendments to this notice:

C2016G00970 MDL NSW, Qld SA, Vic

Multi-State Class 1 Load Carrying Vehicles Mass Exemption Notice 2016 (No. 1) (PDF, 1.3MB) - Authorises the use of class 1 load carrying vehicles that are up to 100t (state dependant).

Please note the following supporting document for this notice:

Please note the following amendment to this notice:

C2016G00971 MDL NSW, QLD, SA, Vic

Multi State Class 3 Heavy Vehicle (Cotton Transportation) Dimension Exemption Notice 2017 (No 1) (PDF, 640KB)

The purpose of this notice is to allow specified Type 1 road train combinations transporting cotton modules between cotton farms and cotton gins to be exempted from prescribed dimension requirements in Schedule 6, Part 2 of the Heavy Vehicle (Mass, Dimension and Loading) National Regulation and requirements in Schedule 3 of the Heavy Vehicle (Vehicle Standards) National Regulation.

Please note the following supporting document for this notice:

C201700475 MDL NSW, Qld

Multi-State Class 3 Spreader Box Dimension Exemption Notice 2019 (No.1) (PDF, 746KB

Exempts a Class 3 heavy vehicle fitted with a spreader box from the width limit stated in section 7(1) of Schedule 6 of the Heavy Vehicle (Mass, Dimension and Loading) National Regulation.

C2019G00109 MDL NSW, Qld, SA, Tas

National Class 1 Agricultural Vehicle and Combination Mass and Dimension Exemption Notice 2019 (No.2) (PDF, 824KB)

Exempts eligible agricultural vehicles and combinations from certain mass and dimension requirements of the Heavy Vehicle National Law and Heavy Vehicle (Mass, Dimension and Loading) National Regulation, and other certain requirements of the Heavy Vehicle (Vehicle Standards) National Regulation, and places conditions on their operation in designated Agricultural Heavy Vehicle Zones.

Please note the following supporting resources for this notice:

C2019G00390 MDL ACT, NSW, Qld, SA, Tas, Vic

National class 1 special purpose vehicle notice 2016 (no. 1) (PDF, 1.5MB)

Authorises the use of Class 1 Special Purpose Vehicles up to 40 tonnes on gazetted networks in all participating jurisdictions. Examples of vehicles operating under this notice include mobile cranes (e.g. 2-axle pick and carry cranes, 2- and 3-axle all terrain mobile cranes, 3- and 4-axle truck cranes) and mobile concrete pumps.

Please note the following supporting documents for this notice:

Please note the following amendments to this notice:

C2016G00605 MDL ACT, NSW, Qld, SA, Tas, Vic

National Class 2 4.6m high and/or 25m Long Vehicle Carrier Authorisation Notice 2019 (No.1) (PDF, 794KB)

Authorises the use of Vehicle Carriers from 4.3 to 4.6 metres in height, or from 19 to 25 metres in length, or both, in stated areas or on stated routes, during stated hours of stated days and states the conditions under which these Vehicle Carriers may be used.

C2019G00110 MDL NSW, Qld, SA, Tas, Vic

National Class 2 4.6m High Livestock Carrier Authorisation Notice 2019 (No.1) (PDF, 785KB)

Authorises the use of Livestock Carriers from 4.3 to 4.6 metres in height in stated areas or stated routes, during stated hours of stated days and to state the conditions under which these Livestock Carriers may be used.

C2019G00111 MDL NSW, Qld, SA, Tas, Vic

National Class 2 B-double Authorisation Notice 2019 (No.1) (PDF, 769KB)

Authorises access for class 2 heavy vehicles that are B-doubles.

Please note the following supporting documents for this notice:

C2019G00105 MDL ACT, NSW, Qld, SA, Tas, Vic

National Class 2 Heavy Vehicle Road Train Authorisation (Notice) 2015 (No. 1) (PDF, 1.2MB)

Conditions and routes for road trains.

Please note the following amendment to this notice:

C2015G00865 MDL NSW, Qld, SA, Vic

National class 2 PBS level 1 and 2A truck and dog trailer authorisation notice 2016 (no.1) (PDF, 711KB)

Authorises the use of 3 and 4 axle trucks towing 3-, 4- or 5-axle dog trailer PBS combinations on gazetted networks.

Please note the following supporting documents for this notice:

C2016G00589 MDL ACT, NSW, Qld, SA, Tas, Vic

National Class 3 Controlled Access Bus Exemption Notice 2019 (No.1) (PDF, 901KB)

Provides access to controlled access buses that are more than 12.5m long, but not more than 14.5m long, and are compliant vehicles or have a rear overhang dimension that exceeds regulation limits.

Compliant buses from 12.5 to 14.5 metres long are also considered Class 2 vehicles under s116 of the HVNL. However, this Notice grants such vehicles access as though they are exempted Class 3 vehicles, and provide the same access.

C2019G00104 MDL ACT, NSW, Qld, SA, Tas, Vic

National Class 3 Drought Assistance Dimension Exemption Notice 2018 (No.1) (PDF, 726KB)

Exempts eligible vehicles from complying with certain dimension requirements when transporting specified commodities for consumption by livestock in declared drought affected areas.

Please note the following supporting document for this notice:

C2018G00743 MDL ACT, NSW, Qld, SA, Tas, Vic

National Class 3 Heavy Vehicle 4.6m High by Construction Semitrailer Dimension Exemption Notice 2019 (No.1) (PDF, 608KB)

Exempt a stated category of class 3 heavy vehicles from the height limit stated in section 8 of Schedule 6 of the Heavy Vehicle (Mass, Dimension and Loading) National Regulation.

C2019G00107 MDL

NSW, Qld, SA, Vic

National Class 3 Vehicle Carrier Exemption Notice 2019 (No. 1) (PDF, 769KB)

Exempts the stated categories of class 3 heavy vehicles from the stated dimension requirements of the Heavy Vehicle (Mass, Dimension and Loading) National Regulation specified in the Notice, subject to specified conditions.

C2019G00108 MDL NSW, Qld, SA, Tas

National Class 3 Mechanical Tarping and Safety Harness Systems Dimension Exemption Notice 2019 (No.1) (PDF, 726KB)

Exempts a stated category of Class 3 heavy vehicles from the width limit in section 7(1) of Schedule 6 of the Heavy Vehicle (Mass, Dimension and Loading) National Regulation.

C2019G00089 MDL NSW, Qld, Vic

National Class 3 Truck and Dog Trailer Mass Exemption Notice 2018 (No.2) (PDF, 773KB)

Exempts truck and dog trailer combinations from prescribed mass requirements and provide access on certain networks under specified conditions.

Please note the following supporting document for this notice:

C2018G00933 MDL ACT, NSW, Qld, SA, Vic

National Heavy Vehicle Concrete Agitator Work and Rest Hours Exemption Notice 2019 (No 1) (PDF, 640KB)

Provides alternative short rest break requirements for drivers of fatigue-regulated heavy vehicles carrying pre-mixed concrete by removing short rest break requirements for drivers who have short work breaks instead.

Please note the following supporting document for this notice:

C2018G01019 Fatigue ACT, NSW, Qld, SA, Tas, Vic

National Heavy Vehicle Standards (2 for 3 Bus Seat) Exemption (Notice) 2015 (No. 1) (PDF, 580KB)

Exemption for heavy vehicles (buses) from minimum seating width requirements when 2 for 3 bus seats are fitted.

Please note the following supporting document for this notice:

C2015G00099 VS ACT, NSW, Qld, SA, Tas, Vic

National Heavy Vehicle Standards (Backlit Badges) Exemption Notice 2016 (No. 1) (PDF,708KB)

Exemption to allow in-service heavy vehicles to be fitted with backlit badges, emblems or logos.

Please note the following supporting document for this notice:

C2016G00666 VS ACT, NSW, Qld, SA, Tas, Vic

National Heavy Vehicle Standards (Conspicuity Marking) Exemption Notice 2016 (No. 1) (PDF, 559KB)

Exemption for heavy vehicles fitted with approved conspicuity markings from the fitment of rear marking plates. Recent amendments to the Heavy Vehicle (Vehicle Standards) National Regulation introduced these requirements into the Law and this notice is no longer required.

Please note the following supporting document for this notice:

C2016G01618 VS ACT, NSW, Qld, SA, Tas, Vic

National Heavy Vehicle Standards (Detainee Transport Vehicle) Exemption Notice 2018 (No. 1) (PDF, 558KB)

Exempts heavy vehicles built or modified for transporting detainees from certain prescribed heavy vehicle standards.

Please note the following supporting document for this notice:

C2018G00980 VS ACT, NSW, Qld, SA, Tas, Vic

National Heavy Vehicle Standards (Dual Control Waste Collection Vehicles) Exemption Notice 2019 (No. 1) 

Exemption for dual control waste collection vehicles.

C2019G00775 VS ACT, NSW, Qld, SA, Tas, Vic

National Heavy Vehicle Standards (Emergency Services Speed Limiting) Exemption Notice 2018 (No. 1) (PDF,593KB)

Exempts emergency vehicles that are heavy vehicles from complying with certain requirements of the Heavy Vehicle (Vehicle Standards) National Regulation.

Please note the following supporting document for this notice:

C2018G00460 VS ACT, NSW, Qld, SA, Tas, Vic

National Heavy Vehicle Standards (External Cabin Light) Exemption (Notice) 2014 (No. 1) (PDF, 332 KB)

Exemption for external cabin lights.

C2014G01867 VS NSW, Qld, SA, Tas, Vic

National Heavy Vehicle Standards (Flashing Warning Lights) Exemption Notice 2015 (No. 1) (PDF, 660KB)

Exemption from certain vehicle standards requirements where there is a safety requirement for a heavy vehicle to have one or more flashing warning lights fitted.

Please note the following supporting document for this notice:

C2015G01594 VS ACT, NSW, Qld, SA, Tas, Vic

National Heavy Vehicle Standards (Partially Completed Vehicles) Exemption Notice 2018 (No. 1) (PDF, 792KB)

Exempts partially completed and newly manufactured heavy vehicles that are used on roads prior to first registration for particular purposes from complying with certain specifications of the Heavy Vehicle (Vehicle Standards) National Regulation.

Please note the following supporting document for this notice:

C2018G00461 VS ACT, NSW, Qld, SA, Tas, Vic

National Heavy Vehicle Standards (Semitrailer Rear Bumper) Exemption Notice 2016 (No. 1) (PDF, 549KB)

Exempts semitrailers that are heavy vehicles and were manufactured prior to 1 January 2005, from complying with the Australian Design Rule (ADR) requirement for the rear bumper to be painted white.

Please note the following supporting document for this notice:

C2016G00249 VS ACT, NSW, Qld, SA, Tas, Vic

National Heavy Vehicle Standards (Special Purpose Vehicles Exceeding 40 tonnes Total Mass) Exemption Notice 2018 (No. 1) (PDF, 1.1MB)

Provides relevant vehicle standards exemptions for Class 1 special purpose vehicles exceeding 40 tonnes total mass.

Please be aware that this notice does not provide road access approval. Once all requirements specified in the notice are met an access permit must be obtained before accessing the road network.

Please note the following supporting document for this notice:

C2019G00006 VS ACT, NSW, Qld, SA, Tas, Vic

National Heavy Vehicle Standards (Truck-Mounted Attenuator) Exemption Notice 2017 (No. 1) (PDF, 558KB)

Exempts a heavy motor vehicle fitted with an attenuator that is deployed when supporting road construction, repair or maintenance activities, traffic control operations or road incident response from certain prescribed heavy vehicle standards.

Please note the following supporting document for this notice:

C2017G00456 VS ACT, NSW, Qld, SA, Tas, Vic

National Heavy Vehicle Standards (Warning Signs) Exemption Notice 2017 (No. 1) (PDF, 765KB)

Exempts a heavy vehicle combination fitted with an alternate warning sign from complying with particular specifications defined in the Heavy Vehicle (Vehicle Standards) National Regulation. Recent amendments to the Heavy Vehicle (Vehicle Standards) National Regulation introduced these requirements into the Law and this notice is no longer required.

Please read the following document for more information VSG19 - Vehicle warning signs (PDF, 428KB)

C2017G01323 VS ACT, NSW, Qld, SA, Tas, Vic

National heavy Vehicle Standards (Window Tinting) Exemption (Notice) 2014 (No. 1)

The exemptions covered by this notice have now been transferred into the Heavy Vehicle (Vehicle Standards) National Regulation. Refer to Schedule 2 Section 21 of the Regulation for the requirements about window tinting

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National Heavy Vehicle Work and Rest Hours Exemption (Personal Use) Notice 2018 (No.1) (PDF, 715KB)

Exempts specified categories of permitted personal activity from the definition of work, with the intention that those activities are not counted as work time for a driver under Standard Hours.

C2018G0071 Fatigue ACT, NSW, Qld, SA, Tas, Vic

National Livestock Welfare Work and Rest Exemption Notice 2017 (No. 1) (PDF, 593KB)

Exempts drivers of fatigue-regulated heavy vehicles carrying livestock from specified work time requirements if additional time is needed to respond to situations where the welfare of the livestock is or was at risk.

C2017G00166 Fatigue ACT, NSW, Qld, SA, Tas, Vic

Primary Production Work Diary Exemption Notice 2018 (No. 1) (PDF, 647KB)

Exempts drivers who carry out primary production work within a 160km radius of their base from having to carry and complete a National Driver Work Diary.

Please note the following supporting document for this notice:

C2018G00758

Fatigue ACT, NSW, Qld, SA, Tas, Vic