General Access Vehicle

What is a General Access Vehicle?

General Access Vehicles (GAV) comply with mass and dimension requirements and do not require a notice or permit to operate on the road network. These vehicles have general access to the road network unless the road is sign-posted otherwise.

General Access Vehicle dimensions

  • Rigid truck - L: 12.5m, W: 2.5m, H:4.3m, M: 31t
  • Prime mover and trailer – L: 19m, W: 2.5m, H:4.3m, M: 42.5t
  • Rigid truck and trailer - L: 19m, W: 2.5m, H:4.3m, M: 42.5t
  • B-double (prime mover, trailer and trailer) - L: 19m, W: 2.5m, H:4.3m, M: 42.5t

General Access Vehicle chart

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1. Common Rigid Trucks - General Access

The following 2, 3 and 4 axle rigid trucks and 4 and 5 axle Twinsteer Rigid Trucks are General Access Vehicles when complying with the mass and dimension limits below.

    Maximum Length (metres) Maximum Regulatory Mass under GML (tonnes) Maximum Regulatory Mass under CML (tonnes)

a. 2 Axle Rigid Truck

General Access Vehicle - 2 Axle Rigid Truck ≤ 12.5 15.0 CML does not apply

b. 3 Axle Rigid Truck

General Access Vehicle - 3 Axle Rigid Truck ≤ 12.5 22.5 23.0

c. 4 Axle Rigid Truck

General Access Vehicle - 4 Axle Rigid Truck ≤ 12.5 26.0 27.0

d. 4 Axle Twinsteer Rigid Truck

General Access Vehicle - 4 Axle Twinsteer Rigid ≤ 12.5 26.5 27.0

e. 5 Axle Twinsteer Rigid Truck

General Access Vehicle - 5 Axle Twinsteer Rigid ≤ 12.5 30.0 31.0

 

2. Common Semi-trailer Combinations - General Access

The following 3, 4, 5 and 6 axle semi-trailer combinations are General Access Vehicles when complying with the mass and dimension limits below. 

    Maximum Length (metres) Maximum Regulatory Mass under GML (tonnes) Maximum Regulatory Mass under CML (tonnes) Maximum Regulatory Mass under HML (tonnes)

a. 3 Axle Semitrailer

General Access Vehicle - 3 Axle Semitrailer <19.0 24.0 - -

b. 4 Axle Semitrailer

General Access Vehicle - 4 Axle Semitrailer <19.0 31.5 32.0 32.0

c. 5 Axle Semitrailer

General Access Vehicle - 5 Axle Semitrailer <19.0 35.0 36.0 37.5

d. 5 Axle Semitrailer

General Access Vehicle - 5 Axle Semitrailer 39.0 <19.0 39.0 40.0 40.0

e. 6 Axle Semitrailer

General Access Vehicle - 6 Axle Semitrailer <19.0 42.5 43.5 45.5

3. Common Rigid Truck and Trailer Combinations - General Access

The following 2, 3 and 4 axle truck combinations with dog or pig trailers are General Access Vehicles when complying with prescribed mass and dimension requirements. 

    Maximum Length (metres) Maximum Regulatory Mass under GML (tonnes) Maximum Regulatory Mass under CML (tonnes)

a. 2 Axle Truck and 2 Axle Dog Trailer

General Access Vehicle - 2 axle truck with 2 axle dog trailer <19.0 30.0 -

b. 2 Axle Truck and 2 Axle Pig Trailer

General Access Vehicle - 2 axle truck with 2 axle pig trailer <19.0 30.0 CML does not apply

c. 3 Axle Truck and 2 Axle Dog Trailer

General Access Vehicle - 3 axle truck with 2 axle dog trailer <19.0 40.5 41.0

d. 3 Axle Truck and 2 Axle Pig Trailer

General Access Vehicle - 3 axle truck with 2 axle pig trailer <19.0 37.5 CML does not apply

e. 3 Axle Truck and 3 Axle Dog Trailer

General Access Vehicle - 3 axle truck with 3 axle dog trailer <19.0 42.5 43.5

f. 3 Axle Truck and 3 Axle Pig Trailer

General Access Vehicle - 3 axle truck with 3 axle pig trailer <19.0 40.5 CML does not apply

g. 3 Axle Truck and 4 Axle Dog Trailer

General Access Vehicle - 3 axle truck with 4 axle dog trailer <19.0 42.5 43.5

h. 4 Axle Truck and 3 Axle Dog Trailer

General Access Vehicle - 4 axle truck with 3 axle dog trailer <19.0 42.5 43.5

i. 4 Axle Truck and 4 Axle Dog Trailer

General Access Vehicle - 4 axle truck with 4 axle dog trailer <19.0 42.5 43.5

Other vehicle types - Restricted Access Vehicles

If your vehicle is not a General Access Vehicle as outlined on this page, the network you are travelling on may be covered under a notice or require you to apply for a permit. Restricted Access Vehicles include any vehicle which does not fit within the mass and dimension limits outlined on this General Access Vehicle page.