Heavy vehicles

National Heavy Vehicle Regulator

From February 2014, the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) administers one set of laws for heavy vehicles under the Heavy Vehicle National Law (HVNL).

What services the NHVR delivers

From February 2014, the NHVR delivers the following services:

What remains unchanged

  • you deal with the Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure for:
  • state and territory police and authorised officers continue to enforce heavy vehicle offences under the new national Law
  • legal and court processes largely remain as they were
  • local productivity initiatives (LPIs) will be retained and existing LPI permits, notices, exemptions and accreditations will be recognised under the HVNL. 

Governing legislation

The Heavy Vehicle National Law and associated Regulations have commenced in South Australia, Victoria, Queensland, New South Wales, the Australia Capital Territory and Tasmania, replacing existing state and territory legislation with one heavy vehicle national rule-book.

Concessional Mass Limits 

As a result of the introduction of the Heavy Vehicle National Law (HVNL), operators will no longer require an exemption in the form of a Gazette Notice to operate at Concessional Mass Limits. Schedule 2 of the Heavy Vehicle (Mass, Dimension and Loading) National Regulation incorporates all conditions and requirements previously provided under the South Australian Gazette Notice.

Permit application process for trips within South Australia

From 27 February 2014, the Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure (DPTI) re-commenced processing permit applications for Class 1 oversize/overmass and special purpose vehicles and all Class 3 vehicles with routes entirely within South Australia. To learn more, visit permits for oversize and overmass heavy vehicles.

South Australian gazette notices, guidelines, exemptions and policies made under state legislation have been transitioned under the HVNL. The NHVR has not remade these notices, instead they continue to exist in their current state under the HVNL. All transitional notices are intended to be remade into either a state HVNL notice or a national notice, prior to their expiry.

    Related information


    MR1518 - Concessional Mass Limits Information Sheet (1.1 MB PDF)

    Classes of Heavy Vehicles available on the  NHVR's website

    Contact National Heavy Vehicle Regulator



    Phone - 1300 MYNHVR (1300 696 487)
    Fax - (07) 3309 8777


    PO Box 492
    Fortitude Valley QLD 4006

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