Road train permit

Do I need a road train permit?

A road train permit is required for travel on a road outside of the approved road train network. Operators should check if their requested route is on an approved road train route, as they may be able to operate under a gazette notice instead of needing a permit. The NHVR processes ALL class 2 road train permit applications except for travel within the Northern Territory and Western Australia. For these jurisdictions, apply directly to the relevant state or territory road transport authority.

If any part of your journey is not on an approved road train route, you will need to apply to the NHVR for a road train permit through the NHVR Portal.

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.

For road trains that do not meet the prescribed mass or dimension limits within the National class 2 heavy vehicle road train authorisation (notice) 2015 (no. 1), you will need to submit a Class 3 (miscellaneous) permit application.

Operators with a PBS approved road train will need to submit a Performance-Based Standards permit application to the NHVR.

For road trains operating in New South Wales, visit the Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) Restricted access heavy vehicles webpage for more information on A-doubles, modern road trains, modular B-triples, B-triples, AB-triples and Type 2 road trains.

Note: Operators should check that their vehicle complies with the schedules and conditions in the relevant gazette notice as the permit relevant to this application will reference these same conditions.

Approved Axle Groups when operating under a Class 2 Road Train Permit

Road Train Speed Limits

Please note a range of national, state and transitional notices expired on 9 February 2019. New notices can be found on the national notices and state notices pages.

Gazette notices - Road train access

State Notice Vehicle type
NSW, Qld, SA, 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:

Road Train
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.

Livestock Carrier
NSW, Qld, SA, 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.

4.6m high by construction semitrailer
NSW, Qld

New South Wales and Queensland Class 3 4.6m High Loaded Semi-Trailer Dimension Exemption Notice 2019 (No.1) (PDF, 810KB)

Exempts 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.

4.6m high loaded semitrailer

Online application

Post or fax application

Please note: If you apply through post or fax, all correspondence relating to that application will be done through the same channel.

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