Transitional notices

Transitional notices are gazette notices, guidelines, exemptions and other legal instruments made under state and territory legislation prior to the commencement of the Heavy Vehicle National Law (HVNL). The NHVR has not remade these notices, instead they continue to exist in their current form and have ‘transitioned’ as if made under the HVNL. All known transitional notices that are still in effect are listed below.

Transitional notices expire on their stated expiry dates or on 9 February 2019 if no expiry date is stated in the notice. All transitional notices will be reviewed before their expiry date and remade into NHVR notices as necessary in consultation with their original jurisdictional makers.

Please note: Transitional notices remain as originally created by states and territories. They are given effect under s748 of the HVNL. Any references to repealed legislative instruments in these notices must be interpreted under the relevant corresponding section of the HNVL. All conditions in these notices are still in effect. The notice itself will state whether you need to carry any documents. This information is provided as a guide and should not be relied upon as legal advice.

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

Title and supporting documents Category Description Carriage required
Road Transport (Mass, Dimensions and Loading) Class 1 Oversize Vehicles Exemption Notice 2010 (No 1) (PDF, 200KB)  MDL Mass and dimension exemption for class 1 load carrying OSOM vehicles. No

Road Transport (Mass, Dimensions and Loading) Class 1 Single Steer Axle Mass Limit Exemption Notice 2010 (No 1) (PDF, 30KB)

MDL Increased steer axle mass limit with conditions. No
Road Transport (Mass, Dimensions and Loading) Class 3 Single Steer Axle Mass Limit Exemption Notice 2010 (No 1) (PDF, 30KB)  MDL Increased steer axle mass limit with conditions. No
Road Transport (Mass, Dimensions and Loading) Higher Mass Limits (HML) Exemption Notice 2013 (No 1) (PDF, 1.8MB)  MDL Higher Mass Limits notice. No
Road Transport (Mass, Dimensions and Loading) 4.6m High Vehicle Exemption Notice 2010 (No 1) (PDF, 1.2MB)  MDL Applies to a vehicle or combination with a height greater than 4.3m, but not higher than 4.6m. No
Road Transport (Mass, Dimensions and Loading) 14.5m Long Bus Exemption Notice 2010 (No 1) (PDF, 1.2MB)  MDL This notice applies to a vehicle that is a controlled access bus that is longer than 12.5 m, but not more than 14.5 m long. No

Road Transport (Mass, Dimensions and Loading) 26 metre B-Double Exemption Notice 2010 (No 1) (PDF, 1.2MB)

Please note the following amendment to this notice:

 MDL Overall length exemption for 26 m long B-doubles. No

Road Transport (Mass, Dimensions and Loading) General B-Double Exemption Notice 2010 (No 1) (PDF, 1.1MB)

Please note the following amendment to this notice:

MDL  General B-double exemption notice.  No
Title and supporting documents Category Description Carriage required

4.6 Metre High Vehicle Notice 2013 (PDF, 300KB)

4.6 Metre High Vehicle AMENDMENT Notice 2014 (PDF, 50KB)

Approved 4.6 metre high vehicle routes – Appendix 1 (PDF, 450KB)
Please note that Appendix 1 of this notice has been amended and should be replaced with Schedule 5 of the New South Wales restricted access vehicle enforceable networks schedule amendment (notice) 2015 (no. 1) (PDF, 676KB)

Please note this notice has been amended and the expiry date has been changed to 31 December 2019 as per the New South Wales - 4.6 Metre High Vehicle Notice 2013 Amendment Notice 2017 (No. 1) (PDF, 524KB)

MDL

Applies to various class 1,2 and 3 vehicles exceeding 4.3m but does not exceed 4.6m high.

 Yes

Class 1 Load Carrying Vehicles Notice 2014 (PDF, 50KB)

Please note the following amendments to this notice:

MDL

Class 1 OSOM - mass and dimension exemption.

 Yes

Class 1 Special Purpose Vehicles Notice 2014 (PDF, 80KB)

Please note the following amendments to this notice:

MDL

Class 1 Special Purpose Vehicles mass and dimension exemption

Yes

Ministerial Declaration (Loaded Silage Trailer) Order 2013 (PDF, 50KB) MDL Mass and dimension exemption applying to an agricultural implement designed to be used and is being used for the carriage of silage. No
Ministerial Declaration (Livestock Loading Scheme) Order 2012 (PDF, 90KB) MDL Live Stock Loading Scheme - Mass Exemption for vehicles carrying livestock. No
Class 1 Special Purpose Vehicle Stand and Operate Notice 2013 (PDF, 25KB) MDL Notice to allow SPV's to stand on a road during operation. Yes
Ministerial Exemption (Oversized and Overmass Construction Vehicle) Order 2009 (PDF, 14KB) MDL The object of this Order is to exempt construction vehicles used on construction work sites from certain mass, loading and access regualtions. No
Ministerial Declaration (Bunnerong Road, Local Destination Exemption) Order 2011 (PDF, 20KB) Access This Order operates to permit the driver of a defined heavy vehicle to travel from Port Botany to a destination on Beauchamp Road, Matraville despite "No Trucks" restrictions on Bunnerong Road at Matraville (Road Rule 104) and to make a left turn from Wentworth Avenue into Denison Road at Eastgardens, despite a no left turn sign (Road Rule 91). Yes
Title and supporting documents Category Description Carriage required
Guideline for Higher Mass Limits for Vehicles with Road Friendly Suspension in Queensland. Form 10, Version 7, August 2010 (PDF, 66KB) MDL Applies to certain classes of vehicles and combinations at Higher Mass Limits. No
Class Permit No. 082-TH-13 Rheinmetall MAN Military Vehicles (Australia) VS Applies to vehicles specified that have been imported for testing and engineering evaluation purposes by RMMVA. Yes

Guideline for Excess Dimension - vehicles carrying indivisible articles, special purpose vehicles and vehicles that require pilot or escort in Queensland, Form 4, Version 8, February 2013 (PDF, 490KB)

Please note the following amendments to this notice:

MDL Applies to certain Class 1 and Class 3 vehicles. No

Class Permit No. 127-TH-12 Controlled Access Buses (Not exceeding 14.5m overall length) (PDF, 540KB)

Approved routes, Schedule A - part 1(PDF, 440KB)

Approved routes, Schedule A - part 2(PDF, 400KB)

Roads not suitable - Schedule B (PDF, 410KB)

MDL and Access Applies to buses with an overall length greater than 12.5m but not greater than 14.5m. Yes
Guideline for livestock loading in Queensland, Form 3, Version 4 (updated August 2009) (PDF, 116 KB) MDL Applies to vehicles transporting livestock exempting vehicles from mass requirements. No

Guideline for excess dimension agricultural vehicles and agricultural combinations, Form 14, Version 4 (updated October 2013) (PDF, 303 KB)

Please note the following amendment to this notice:

MDL Dimension exemption for class 1 agricultural vehicles. No
Guideline for transporting cotton modules in Queensland, Form 16, Version 4 (updated March 2012) (PDF, 33 KB) MDL Applies to vehicles transporting cotton modules to a maximum height of 4.6 m. No
Guideline for operation of excess mass special purpose vehicles to 40t and vehicles carrying indivisible item to 59.5t, Form 11, Version 5, September 2011 (PDF, 172 KB) MDL Mass exemption for class 1 OSOM vehicles up to 59.5t and SPV's up to 40t. No

Class Permit No. 147-TH-14 Mass exemption for the transportation of log timber (PDF, 360KB)

Please note the following amendment to this notice:

MDL Mass exemption for transportation of log timber. Yes

Title and supporting documents Category Description Carriage required
Warning Signs on Buses Carrying Children VS Warning signs on buses carrying children. No
Exemption of Vehicles previously exempt with a Gross Vehicle Mass greater than 4.5 tonnes (not being a bus) and trailers with a Manufacture VS Conditions for exempting non-compliance with ADRs. No
Exemption of Vehicles with Gross Vehicle Mass greater than 4.5 tonnes VS Conditions for exempting non-compliance with ADRs. No

Notice of approval and exemption - Transport of agricultural vehicles carried as a load

Code of Practice for the transport of agricultural vehicles as loads

MDL Allows heavy vehicles that are carrying agricultural vehicles exceeding dimensional limits to travel on roads in SA. No
Operation of Motor Graders towing multiple trailers up to maximum length of 42 metres for construction and/or maintenance of roads in remote areas MDL Applies to motor graders towing multiple trailers up to an overall length of 42m, to travel on DPTI roads within remote areas of the Northern and Western region boundaries, for the purpose of construction and/or maintenance of DPTI roads. No
Operation of Motor Graders towing 2 trailers up to a maximum length of 26 metres in road construction and or road maintenance MDL Applies to motor graders towing two trailers up to an overall length of 26m, to travel on regional Council roads, for the purpose of road construction and/or road maintenance of regional Council roads. No
Exemption for Oyster Boats and trailers to be fitted with brakes and to exceed a width of 2.5 metres MDL Exempt rigid motor vehicles towing one trailer carrying an oyster boat or an oyster boat on its own wheels. Yes

Notice of approval and exemption - Oversize or Overmass Agricultural Vehicles Driven on Roads

Code of practice for oversize or overmass agricultural vehicles

MDL Applies to tractors used for agricultural purposes, and agricultural vehicles, implements and combinations which exceed 4.3m in height, 2.5m in width, and when in combination exceed 19m in length. Yes

Notice of approval and exemption - Transport of indivisible items

Code of practice for transport of indivisible items

MDL Applies to heavy vehicles carrying an indivisible item, which exceeds 4.3m in height and/or 2.5m in width. Yes

Notice of approval and exemption – Operation of 23 metre long prime mover and low loader combinations

Code of practice for prime mover and low loaded combinations equal to or less than 23 metres

MDL Applies to prime mover and low loader combinations up to 23m in length. Yes

Transport of large rectangular baled hay

Code of practice for the transport of large rectangular baled hay

MDL Applies to articulated prime mover and semi-trailer combinations carrying large rectangular baled hay which exceed 4.3m in height and/or 2.5m in width. Yes

Notice of approval and exemption - Operation of road train vehicles in South Australia

Code of practice for road trains

Information guide for road trains

Access Applies to road trains to operate on Approved Routes subject to conditions. Yes

Notice of approval and exemption - Operation of 25 metre long prime mover and low loader combinations with a gross combination mass up to 59.5 tonnes

Code of practice for 25 meter long prime mover and low loader combinations with a gross combination mass up to 59.5 tonnes

MDL Mass and dimension exemption for prime mover and low loader combinations up to 59.5t gross mass. Yes

Notice of approval and exemption - Operation of B-Double vehicles up to 25m in length

Code of Practice for B-Doubles

Information guide for B-doubles

MDL Applies to B-Doubles up to 26 m in length, to operate on approved routes. Yes
Operation of 26m B-Double Vehicles MDL Applies to B-Doubles up to 26m in length. Yes

Notice of approval - Operation of 14.5m Transitplus controlled access buses providing a route service in South Australia

Code of practice for controlled access buses

Information guide for controlled access buses

Code of practice for buses July (2016)

MDL This notice provides a route network that can be used by 14.5m Controlled Access Buses used for Metroticket route services operated by Transitplus and may be used in conjunction with the notice titled Operation of Controlled Access Buses in South Australia. Yes

Exemption for buses to exceed a width of 2.5 metres

Code of practice for buses (July 2016)

MDL Applies to Government Routes Services Buses originally manufactured with an overall width greater than 2.5m. No
Approval for a bus towing a disabled bus to exceed an overall length of 19 metres MDL Provides exemption to overall length requirements for a bus towing a disabled bus. Yes

Operation of rubber tracked tractors with a gross vehicle mass up to 24 tonnes

Code of practice for rubber tracked tractors with a gross vehicle mass up to 24 tonnes

MDL Applies to rubber tracked tractors used for agricultural purposes, rubber tracked tractors towing agricultural implements and rubber tracked tractor combinations. Yes
Exemption for articulated motor vehicles transporting baled wool to exceed a height of 4.3 metres MDL Applies to articulated motor vehicles carrying baled wool which exceed 4.3m in height Yes
Operation of B-double vehicles carting rectangular Baled Hay loaded to a height of 4.6m MDL Applies to b-doubles carting baled hay loaded to a height of 4.6m Yes
Exemption for the transport of baled wool and/or baled hay to exceed a width of 2.5 metres MDL Exemption for heavy vehicles carrying a load consisting solely of baled wool and/or baled hay. Yes
Exemption for the fitting of mudguards to agricultural vehicles VS

Exemption for agricultural vehicles and agricultural trailers from the requirement to fit mudgards and spray suppresion.

No
Exemption for Left Hand Drive Agricultural Machines VS Applies to left hand drive agricultural machines. Yes
Exemption for the fitting of lighting equipment, rear vision mirrors, horn and other equipment to agricultural vehicles which are not more than 3 metres in width VS Applies to tractors used for agricultural purposes, self propelled agricultural machines and agricultural implements with an overall width not more than 3m. No
Exemption for the transport of sheaved hay to exceed a width of 2.5 metres MDL Applies to heavy vehicles carrying a load consisting solely of sheaved hay. Yes
Operation of Opal Mining Vehicles MDL Applies to opal mining vehicles which exceed 4.3m in height and 2.5m in width. Yes
Exemption for the Position of Lighting Equipment on the Rear of Roll-on/Roll off vehicles used to transport waste products or scrap metal VS Exemption for roll on/roll off vehicles used to transport waste products or scrap metal from specified rear lighting and reflector requirements. No
Exemption for Adelaide Christmas Pageant floats MDL Applies for vehicles known as Pageant floats used as part of the Adelaide Christmas Pageant with an overall width not exceeding 4.9m. Yes
Exemption for road maintenance and construction equipment to exceed mass and dimension limits MDL Applies Road Maintenance and Construction Equipment where such vehicles exceed 19m in length, 4.3m in height and a GCM of 42.5t. Yes
Exemption for the fitting of lighting and other equipment to tractors, graders, road rollers and other machines used for road construction and/or maintenance operating on roads and road related areas. VS Applies to tractors, graders, road rollers and other machines used for road construction and/or maintenance. No
Exemption for the fitting of lighting equipment, rear vision mirrors, horn and other equipment to tractors, road construction equipment and forklift operating within a designated worksite VS Exemption for tractors, road construction equipment and forklifts operating within a designated worksite from specified vehicle standards. No

Higher Mass Limits for Vehicles fitted with Road Friendly Suspension

Information bulletin – Higher Mass Limits for vehicles fitted with road friendly suspension

MDL Conditions and Routes for HML vehicles. Yes

Operation of 49.5 tonne prime mover and low loader combination vehicles in South Australia

Code of practice for overmass low loader vehicles

MDL Mass & Dimension exemption for OSOM - Prime mover & Low Loader combinations. Yes
Exemption from Multi-Tyred Road Rollers to be Fitted with Tyres which do not have a tread pattern VS Applies to vehicles known as multi-tyred road rollers. No
Approval for emergency transport of long stobie poles which when carried as a load exceed a length of 19m MDL Exemption for motor vehicles that exceed 19m in overall length for the emergency transport of stobie poles up to 25m in length by and on behalf of SA Power Networks or their contractors in South Australia. Yes

Notice of approval and exemption - Operation of B-triple vehicles up to 35.0m in length (PDF, 120KB)

Code of Practice for B-triples up a length of 35.0m or less (PDF, 504KB)

MDL Exempt B-Triple vehicles from the specified mass height limits. No
Transport of Stobie poles by SA power networks and contractors (PDF, 24KB) MDL

Exempts rigid motor vehicle and dog trailer combinations operated by SA Power or Contractors that exceed 19m in overall length while being used for the transport of Stobie poles, from certain dimension and loading requirements.

Yes
Title and supporting documents Category Description Carriage required

Declaration of Class 3 vehicles and mass limit exemptions and route specifications

Please note the following amendment to this notice:

MDL The purpose of this notice is to declare certain vehicles to be class 3 vehicles and to exempt them from mass limits on conditions, including compliance with higher mass limits, the fitment of road friendly suspension, and route restrictions. No

Exemption in relation to silage trailers - 2010

Please note that this notice has been extended to 31 January 2019 as per the Victoria - Exemption in Relation to Silage Trailers 2010 Amendment Notice 2017 (No. 1) (PDF, 540KB)

MDL The purpose of this notice is to exempt an agricultural trailer that is a silage trailer from the provisions of clauses 39, 43 and 47 of Schedule 7 to the Road Safety (Vehicles) Regulations 2009, and to provide a limited exemption from clause 46 of Schedule 7 to those Regulations, all subject to compliance with certain operating conditions and safety standards.  No
Information bulletin - Livestock vehicles - avoid cityLink Tunnels when loaded MDL Livestock trailers that do not have their top deck enclosed should avoid CityLink tunnels when loaded preventing livestock from jumping and exceeding the tunnel height limit of 4.65 metres, and the legal vehicle height.  
Information bulletin - Silage trailers MDL Operating conditions and safety standards that facilitate road travel for those trailers that are not registered but are only used for the transport of loose grass and silage material intended as feed for livestock.  Yes
Information bulletin - 10 tonnes on single axles MDL A mass increase from 9 tonnes to 10 tonnes for a single axle that has four tyres and is fitted with a road friendly suspension (RFS). Eligible vehicles include Rigid trucks, Prime movers and semi-trailers, B-doubles.  
Information bulletin - 22 metre long quad dog for logs MDL The log vehicle consists of a 3 axle truck and a 4 axle dog trailer combination grossing up to 50.0 tonnes and having a length of up to 22.0 metres when laden with logs.  
Information bulletin – Livestock Transport MDL The Victorian Livestock Loading Scheme is a voluntary scheme designed to facilitate the safe and efficient transportation of livestock. The scheme is limited to six axle articulated vehicles and nine axle B-doubles, provided they comply with the dimension limits, axle spacings and other requirements shown in the information bulletin. Scheme vehicles are exempt from complying with vehicle mass limits, but must comply with manufacturer’s ratings. Yes
Information bulletin - Road Graders and Road Grader Combinations MDL This information bulletin sets out the operating conditions and route restrictions for road graders, operating with or without attachments, and road grader combinations, where a grader is used to tow rollers and other vehicles for the purpose of road construction and maintenance. Yes

Mass limit exemptions and route specs for certain class 2 combinations fitted with road friendly suspension

Please note that the operation of this notice has been extended as per the Victoria – Mass limit exemptions and route specifications for certain class 2 combinations fitted with road friendly suspension Amendment Notice 2016 (No. 1) (PDF, 564KB)

MDL The purpose of this notice is to exempt certain class 2 combinations from mass limits on certain conditions, including route restrictions and the requirement to fit road friendly suspension. No
Variation to notices Specifying Routes for B-doubles and Certain Class 2 and 3 Vehicles Fitted with Road Friendly Suspension MDL The purpose of this notice is to vary certain conditions and route specifications for certain class 2 and class 3 vehicles fitted with road friendly suspension. No