Easter travel restrictions 2019

02-04-2019

Please be aware that New South Wales, Queensland, South Australia, Victoria and Western Australia have travel restrictions in place over the Easter holiday period for agricultural, oversize/overmass and special purpose heavy vehicles.

The information below outlines the most common Easter restrictions, however this list is not exhaustive and we recommend operators check their permits and relevant notices to confirm what restrictions are applicable.

New South Wales

State-wide oversize travel curfews are imposed each year during various public holiday periods across the state for Class 1 oversize heavy vehicles. Details of the travel requirements during the Easter long weekend are outlined below:

Further information can be found at NSW Roads and Maritime Services Oversize and/or overmass (OSOM) vehicles and loads.

Queensland

No movement of over-dimensional loads from 12.01am Thursday 18 April to 11.59pm Tuesday 23 April 2019. Further information can be found at Queensland Police Service for Police Wide Load Escorts.

For oversize load carrying vehicles operating under the Multi-State Class 1 Load Carrying Vehicles Dimension Exemption Notice 2016 (No. 1) and the Multi-State Class 1 Load Carrying Vehicles Dimension Exemption Notice 2016 Amendment Notice 2019 (No. 1), Easter period travel restrictions and derestrictions apply as per sections 9-11 of the Queensland Access Conditions Guide.

The Queensland Class 1 Cotton Harvest Derestriction Notice 2017 (No. 1) exempts the movement of, or transportation of, eligible cotton harvesters and agricultural equipment in association with cotton harvesting in Queensland from certain travel restrictions in place over the Easter period. This applies to vehicles operating under the following notices:

  • Guideline for Excess Dimension Agricultural Vehicles and Agricultural Combinations; Vehicle and Drivers Form Number 14, Version 4, October 2013 - Excess dimension agricultural vehicles and agricultural combinations may travel during the Easter period, except on the roads and areas listed in Appendix 3, provided the excess dimension agricultural vehicle or combination is being accompanied by at least one agricultural pilot above the minimum pilot requirements that would normally apply.
  • Heavy Vehicle National Law Multi-State Class 1 Load Carrying Vehicles Dimension Exemption Notice 2016 (No. 1)
  • Multi-State Class 1 Load Carrying Vehicles Dimension Exemption Notice 2016 Amendment Notice 2019 (No. 1)
  • Queensland Class 1 Heavy Vehicles (Cotton Harvester) Mass and Dimension Exemption Notice 2017 (No. 1)

Notices can be found on the National noticesQueensland notices and Queensland transitional notices pages.

South Australia

Where an oversize load requires a police escort, travel will not be permitted:

  • on South Australian public holidays
  • during public holiday periods
  • when major events occur.

A public holiday period means a period of three or more consecutive days covering a declared SA public holiday and adjacent weekend days (for example Easter and every long weekend); and the period between 23 December and 3 January (inclusive).

Further information can be found at South Australia Oversize and overmass vehicles.

Victoria

Public holiday (Good Friday and Easter Monday) travel restrictions apply as per the travel conditions outlined in your Class 1 oversize/overmass permit.

Allowed travel times

Road or Area A B C D
Day Vehicle Dimensions
Not wider than 3.1m or longer than 22m Not wider than 3.5m or longer than 26m Wider than 3.5m or longer than 26m
Melbourne & Geelong urban areas, other than a major road Monday to Saturday At all times 9am-4pm and
12am-6am
Sunday and public holidays At all times 12am-6am
Major Road, other than in a rural area Any day At all times 6am-4pm, except for:
  • no travel the day before a holiday period
  • no travel the last day of a holiday period
Rural Area Any day At all times Sunrise to sunset
Freeway Any day Any time Any time, except no travel for the day of a holiday period

Western Australia

Curfew restrictions for operators of Oversize Restricted Access Vehicles (RAVs) apply during the Easter period. Operators must refer to the permit operating conditions that are relevant to the particular vehicle that they wish to operate for full details on the curfews that apply to them.

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