Operating a heavy vehicle

Commodity freight

Commodity freight refers to bulk primary products that are transported on a seasonal or low frequency basis from the place of production to the place of processing.

While commodity routes may be assessed to a modified standard from that applying to prescribed vehicles or PBS freight routes, they still must meet certain standards to protect the road infrastructure and ensure road safety.

Specific conditions applying to the use of commodity routes may include:

  • travel limited to seasonal operation only, for example to align with harvest season
  • restricted to a particular commodity
  • time restrictions to minimise environmental and amenity impacts
  • speed restrictions to prevent infrastructure damage and maintain vehicle stability and safety on rough or unsealed roads.

Approved commodities

The goods that have been approved for transport on commodity routes include:

  • fertiliser 
  • logged forest timber 
  • grain
  • milk 
  • hay and bulk stockfeed 
  • wine/grapes 
  • livestock 
  • baled wool
  • fresh fruit and vegetables

Contact National Heavy Vehicle Regulator

Online

Phone

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

Post

PO Box 492
Fortitude Valley QLD 4006


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Page last updated 10 February 2017

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