Registering a heavy vehicle

Heavy vehicle registration scheme

Heavy vehicles and heavy mobile machinery are registered under the Motor Vehicle (National Heavy Vehicle Registration fees) Regulations 2008.

The regulations make provision for nationally consistent registration fees adjusted annually to recover the costs of heavy vehicle impact on roads.

From 1 July 2016 the structure of heavy vehicle registration charges changed, as well as a road component, registration fees also include a new regulatory component. Find out more on the NTC website.

From January 2017, all vehicles and trailers with a Gross Vehicles Mass (GVM) or Aggregate Trailer mass (ATM) of more than 4.5 tonnes which are three (3) years of age or over from date of manufacture will need to be inspected prior to the vehicle being registered in South Australia in a new vehicle owner’s name. This includes vehicles in the NHVR Maintenance Accreditation Scheme but excludes buses and special purpose vehicles such as tractors, agricultural and road making equipment.

Heavy vehicles and heavy mobile machinery are registered under the Motor Vehicle (National Heavy Vehicle Registration fees) Regulations 2008.

The regulations make provision for nationally consistent registration fees adjusted annually to recover the costs of heavy vehicle impact on roads.

From 1 July 2016 the structure of heavy vehicle registration charges changed, as well as a road component, registration fees also include a new regulatory component. Find out more on the National Transport Commission website.

Vehicles affected by the national vehicle registration

National vehicle registration applies to:

  • all vehicles and trailers with a gross vehicle mass (GVM) greater than 4.5 tonnes
  • prime movers with a GVM greater than 4.5 tonnes
  • special purpose vehicles with an unladen mass or GVM greater than 4.5 tonnes.

National registration fees and charges

Registration charges are based on the expected road use of heavy vehicles and trailers (type, mass and number of axles). Fees for third party bodily insurance are also payable when paying registration charges

  • Additional charges can apply when a rigid truck or prime mover tows two or more trailers, and changing the nominated configuration of your vehicle may also alter the fees payable.
  • Concessions and seasonal registration are available to primary producers and operators.
  • Special purpose vehicles such as fire appliances, graders, fork lifts, mobile cranes and self-propelled farm machines will only be charged registration when truck-based or overmass.
  • Plant does not attract a registration charge.
  • In some cases, photo evidence of the vehicle may be required to determine its registration class.

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Page last updated 20 February 2017

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