Do I need a road train permit?
A road train permit is required for travel on a road that is not authorised under notice. This includes road train combinations ineligible to operate, and/or on roads not authorised, under an existing notice. The major road train notice is the National Class 2 Road Train Authorisation Notice 2020 (No.1).
The NHVR processes ALL Class 2 road train permit applications for travel within and between the Australian Capital Territory, New South Wales, Queensland, South Australia, Tasmania and Victoria through the NHVR Portal.
For travel within the Northern Territory and Western Australia you need to apply directly to the relevant state or territory road transport authority.
When seeking consent from a road manager, the NHVR will request that the road manager consider including the route under the relevant notice.
There are several types of road train permits, as described in the table below.
|Road train type||New South Wales, Queensland South Australia and Victoria||Northern Territory and Western Australia|
|Complies with mass and dimension requirements||Class 2 application||Apply directly to the relevant state or territory road transport authority|
|Does not comply with one or more mass or dimension requirements||Class 3 (miscellaneous) permit application.|
|PBS approved||Performance-Based Standards permit application|
Note: Describes speed limits applying to road trains, including for the driver and the maximum road speed capability of the road train.
Road Train Speed Limits
- Road Train Speed Limits - including B-triples information sheet (PDF, 237KB) - Outlines the speed limits imposed on Road Trains, within each jurisdiction participating in the National Class 2 Heavy Vehicle Road Train Authorisation (Notice) 2015 (No. 1).
Gazette notices - Road train access
|NSW, Qld, SA, Vic||
Authorises access for Class 2 road trains that meet the requirements of the notice.
Please note the following supporting document for this notice:
|NSW, Qld, SA, Vic||
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.
|NSW, SA, Vic||
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|
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|
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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