C2020G00662 National Class 2 B-double Authorisation Notice 2020 (No. 2)

C2020G00662: National Class 2 B-double Authorisation Notice 2020 (No. 2)

The purpose of this Notice is to authorise access for class 2 heavy vehicles that are B-doubles. This national notice delivers a streamlined version of previous notices and reduces and harmonises the number of conditions with which operators need to comply.

Who does this notice apply to?

This Notice applies in ACT, NSW, QLD, SA, TAS and VIC to all Class 2 B-Doubles. To see if your vehicle is covered under this notice, check the vehicle chart for mass, dimension and loading requirements. 

 
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Specifications

Commence Date: 1 August 2020
Expiry Date: 31 January 2024
Vehicle Types: Class 2 B-double
Exemptions: x
Network: x
Law: HVNL
Category:   
Coverage:  ACT, NSW, QLD, SA, TAS, VIC
To be carried:  

Overview

What is a B-Double?

A B-double is defined in the Heavy Vehicle National Law (HVNL) as a combination consisting of a prime mover towing two semitrailers, with the first semitrailer being attached directly to the prime mover by a fifth wheel coupling and the second semitrailer being mounted on the rear of the first semitrailer by a fifth wheel coupling on the first semitrailer.

What is a Class 2 B-Double?

A B-double is a class 2 heavy vehicle if it complies with the mass and dimension requirements prescribed in the Heavy Vehicle (Mass, Dimension and Loading) National Regulation.

What is a Short B-Double?

A short B-Double combination consists of a prime mover towing two semitrailers, with the first semitrailer being attached directly to the prime mover by a fifth wheel coupling and the second semitrailer being mounted on the rear of the first semitrailer by a fifth wheel coupling located on the first semitrailer.

Axle group and axle spacing mass limits

The actual mass you can carry on an axle group will depend on whether the vehicle operates at general or restricted access and the relevant axle spacing mass limits table. B-doubles that have general access must comply with the axle spacing mass limits specified in Table 4. The spacing between axle groups determines the maximum allowable mass over those axle groups.

Schedules and state applications

Schedule 1 - 6 1 ACT 2 NSW 3 QLD 4 SA 5 TAS 6 VIC
Application
Stated areas and routes - General access up to 19m up to 19m up to 19m up to 19m up to 21 up to 19m
Stated areas and routes - Restricted access
Notice page number provided for more details
4 5 6 7  8 9
Stated areas and routes - Specified Road Manager Network Requirements            
Conditions     no quad axle group      

 

Related Notices

STATE NOTICE VEHICLE TYPE
ACT

Australian Capital Territory Class 3 4.6m High Vehicle Dimension Exemption Notice 2020 (No.1) 

Provides dimension exemptions from the Heavy Vehicle (Mass, Dimension and Loading) National Regulation and conditional height limits for vehicles operating on specified networks that meet the other requirements of the notice.

4.6m high

NSW, Qld, SA, Tas, Vic

National Class 2 4.6m high and/or 25m Long Vehicle Carrier Authorisation Notice 2020 (No.1) 

Authorises the use of Vehicle Carriers from 4.3 metres to 4.6 metres in height, or from 19 metres 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.

Vehicle Carrier
NSW, Qld, SA, Tas, Vic

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

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.

Livestock Carrier

Changes & Updates

Previous Notices

This Notice revokes and replaces the National Class 2 B-double Authorisation Notice 2019.

    Updates

    1 August 2020

    • This edition of the Notice removes maintenance management requirements from the South Australian Schedule.

     

    Supporting Documents

    Drivers do not need to carry a copy of the Notice or Operator’s Guide when operating a B-double under the Notice. Operators must ensure they comply with the 'Specified Road Manager Network Requirements' in Appendix 1 of this guide.

    Please note the following supporting documents for this notice:

    Publications

    Information Sheets and other resources

     

     

    Terms used in this notice

    Unless otherwise stated, words and expressions used in this Notice have the same meanings as those defined in the HVNL.

    • Eligible vehicle means a class 2 B-double.

    • General access means access to all roads, subject to the operation of the road rules of the relevant participating jurisdiction.

    • Participating jurisdiction means the Australian Capital Territory, New South Wales, Queensland, South Australia, Tasmania or Victoria.

    • Operator’s Guide means the National Class 2 B-double Operator’s Guide published by the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator.

     

    Tools and Calculators

    Table 1: General access axle spacing mass limits (up to 50 tonnes)

    Length of axle spacing

    (metres)

    Mass limit

    (tonnes)

    Length of axle spacing

    (metres)

    Mass limit

    (tonnes)

    At least

    Less than

     

    At least

    Less than

     

    3.5

    3.7

    23.0

    8.2

    8.3

    37.0

    3.7

    3.8

    23.5

    8.3

    8.5

    37.5

    3.8

    4.0

    24.0

    8.5

    8.7

    38.0

    4.0

    4.2

    24.5

    8.7

    8.8

    38.5

    4.2

    4.3

    25.0

    8.8

    9.0

    39.0

    4.3

    4.5

    25.5

    9.0

    9.2

    39.5

    4.5

    4.7

    26.0

    9.2

    9.3

    40.0

    4.7

    4.8

    26.5

    9.3

    9.5

    40.5

    4.8

    5.0

    27.0

    9.5

    9.7

    41.0

    5.0

    5.2

    27.5

    9.7

    9.8

    41.5

    5.2

    5.3

    28.0

    9.8

    10.0

    42.0

    5.3

    5.5

    28.5

    10.0

    10.5

    42.5

    5.5

    5.7

    29.0

    10.5

    11.0

    43.0

    5.7

    5.8

    29.5

    11.0

    11.5

    43.5

    5.8

    6.0

    30.0

    11.5

    12.0

    44.0

    6.0

    6.2

    30.5

    12.0

    12.5

    44.5

    6.2

    6.3

    31.0

    12.5

    13.0

    45.0

    6.3

    6.5

    31.5

    13.0

    13.5

    45.5

    6.5

    6.7

    32.0

    13.5

    14.0

    46.0

    6.7

    6.8

    32.5

    14.0

    14.5

    46.5

    6.8

    7.0

    33.0

    14.5

    15.0

    47.0

    7.0

    7.2

    33.5

    15.0

    15.5

    47.5

    7.2

    7.3

    34.0

    15.5

    16.0

    48.0

    7.3

    7.5

    34.5

    16.0

    16.5

    48.5

    7.5

    7.7

    35.0

    16.5

    17.0

    49.0

    7.7

    7.8

    35.5

    17.0

    17.5

    49.5

    7.8

    8.0

    36.0

    17.5

     

    50.0

    8.0

    8.2

    36.5

     

     

     

     

     

    Network & Maps

    Access to the road network

    The National Class 2 B-double Authorisation (Notice) 2019 authorises the use of class 2 B-doubles to have access to the road network. B-doubles have two types of access, either general access or restricted access under the Notice.

    For more details about the B-double requirements for each type of access, review the guide. 

    Stated areas and routes

    A B-double may use stated areas or routes anytime unless specified as a travel condition on the relevant road network. The B-double networks for each state and territory are provided in the links below. If any part of your journey is not on an approved network, you will need to apply for a permit from the NHVR.

    Operators must ensure they comply with the 'Specified Road Manager Network Requirements' in Appendix 1 of the Guide.

    In the process of seeking consent from the road manager, the NHVR will request the road manager to consider the route to be included as a route approved under the gazette notice.

    If you are operating a B-double that does not meet the prescribed mass or dimension limits within the National Class 2 B-double Authorisation Notice 2019 (No.1), you may need to submit a Class 3 (Miscellaneous) permit application if the requested journey is not on an approved class 3 route.

     

    Conditions

    • Drivers do not need to carry a copy of the Notice or Operator’s Guide when operating a B-double under the Notice.
    • Operators must ensure they comply with the 'Specified Road Manager Network Requirements' in Appendix 1 of this guide.

    Warning signs

    B-doubles longer than 22 metres must display a long vehicle warning sign at its rear (see example below).

    B-double longer than 22 metres vehicle warning signs
    Figure 6: Example of a long vehicle sign Warning sign requirements and specifications can be found in the Vehicle Standards Guide (VSG-19) at www.nhvr.gov.au/vsg

     

    • 8 Conditions – General access
    • 9 Conditions – Restricted access
    • 10 Conditions – Stated hours of stated days
    • 11 Conditions – Tri-drive prime mover restriction