Operating a heavy vehicle

Agricultural vehicles

Operators or drivers of agricultural vehicles, or operators transporting agricultural vehicles, in South Australia are required to comply with the applicable notices .

Heavy Vehicle National Law - state based notices

Grain

Heavy Vehicle National Law - permit-based schemes

Night travel for agricultural vehicles / combinations

Operators are now able to obtain a Class 1 permit to move agricultural vehicles and/or combinations at night in the Adelaide Hills and Country zones with the following dimensions:

  • 3.7 m wide and up to 19.0 m long – Adelaide Hills (Zone 3)
  • 4.0 m wide and up to 25.0 m long – Country (Zone 4).

General operating conditions

  • Night travel for agricultural vehicles/combinations is as specified in the permit and in accordance with the conditions stated in the relevant Code of Practice such as:
    • mass limits
    • height limits
    • towing requirements
    • warning lights and signs (except temporary roadside warning signs).
  • Night travel is limited between farm blocks or parcels of land being worked by the operator but not between agricultural regions unless adjacent regions.
    Agricultural Regions are as per the Regional Statement for South Australia as defined by Primary Industries and Regions SA (PIRSA).
  • One pilot vehicle is required at the rear when travelling in Zone 4 (Country).
  • No travel is allowed during periods of low visibility such as fog, heavy rain, smoke, dust or insect plague where the headlights of a vehicle approaching within 250m could not be seen at night.

Code of practice for oversize or overmass agricultural vehicles

Night travel is available for operators of oversize or overmass agricultural machines and/or combinations in Zone 3 (Adelaide Hills) and Zone 4 (Country) as per the Code of Practice for Oversize or Overmass Agricultural Vehicles (2.4 MB PDF).

Night travel for agricultural machines and/or combinations is only permitted where councils have approved travel within their boundaries as per the Night Travel for Agricultural Machinery - Approved Council Areas (295.3 KB PDF).

This list will be updated as additional councils approve night travel.

Specific operating conditions

Two pilot vehicles (one at the front and one at the rear) are required when travelling in Zone 3 (Adelaide Hills) and in the following councils:

  • District Council of Cleve
  • District Council of Franklin Harbour
  • Kangaroo Island Council
  • District Council of Mallala

Information is available via the Primary Producers SA fact sheet.

Code of practice for rubber-tracked tractors

Rubber-tracked tractors can operate at night under permit in the Adelaide Hills and Country Zone as per section 33 Zones of Operation subject to route restrictions in sections 29 Approved Route Network and 30 Route Restrictions in the Code of Practice for rubber tracked tractors (358.4 KB PDF).

Night travel for rubber-tracked tractors is only permitted for councils that have approved travel within their boundaries as per the Night travel for rubber tracked tractors - Approved Route Networks (185.4 KB PDF).

Specific operating conditions

Two pilot vehicles (one at the front and one at the rear) are required when travelling in Zone 3 (Adelaide Hills) and in the following councils:

  • District Council of Cleve
  • District Council of Franklin Harbour

Apply for a permit

Before you begin

You will need the following information to complete your permit application:

  • vehicle make, model, and registration number
  • month and year of manufacture
  • engine number
  • VIN or chassis number
  • vehicle type, dimensions and axle spacings.

How to apply

  1. Before a permit can be issued, your agricultural vehicle must be listed in the Permits System. To list your vehicle, you must submit Apply for New Vehicle Listing (Form A) online.
  2. Once it is listed in the permits system, complete Apply for a New Vehicle Permit (Form B) online.
    Each permit can include a fleet of agricultural machines. To have your fleet included on the one permit enter one machine registration number on the first page of the new vehicle permit (Form B) then in the ‘additional comments’ field on the subsequent page, enter the registration numbers of the other agricultural machines to include on the permit.

Fee

A permit application fee of $70 is payable.

Further information

Operators needing assistance or more information can call the Vehicle Permits Unit on 1300 882 248 (Monday to Friday, 9.00 am to 5.00 pm).

Transitioned gazette notices

The following transitioned notices are located on the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator’s Transitional notices page.

Driven on roads

  • Oversize or overmass agricultural vehicles driven on roads
  • Code of Practice for oversize or overmass agricultural vehicles

Carried as a load

  • Transport of agricultural vehicles carried as a load
  • Code of Practice for transport of agricultural vehicles as loads

Rubber-tracked tractors

  • Operation of rubber-tracked tractors with a gross vehicles mass up to 24 tonnes
  • Code of Practice for rubber-tracked tractors
  • Information bulletin - operation of rubber-tracked tractors with a gross vehicle mass up to 24 tonne

Animal fodder or products

  • Exemption for articulated motor vehicles transporting baled wool to exceed a height of 4.3 m
  • Gazette Notice for B-doubles carting rectangular baled hay loaded to 4.6 m in height
  • Exemption for the transport of baled wool and/or baled hay to exceed a width of 2.5 m
  • Exemption for the transport of sheaved hay to exceed a width of 2.5 m
  • Large rectangular baled hay
  • Code of Practice for the transport of large rectangular baled hay

Vehicle standards

  • Exemption for the fitting of mudguards to agricultural vehicles
  • Exemption for left hand drive agricultural machines
  • Exemption for the fitting of lighting equipment, rear vision mirrors, horn and other equipment to agricultural vehicles which are not more than 3.0 m in width
  • Exemption from the fitting of lighting equipment, rear vision mirrors, horn and other equipment to agricultural vehicles which are more than 3.0 m in width
  • Exemption for the fitting of lighting and other equipment to tractors, graders, road rollers and other machines used for road construction and/or maintenance operating on roads and road related areas
  • Exemption for the fitting of lighting equipment, rear vision mirrors, horn and other equipment to tractors, road construction equipment and forklifts operating within a designated worksite
  • Lighting, braking and mudguard exemption for citrus trailers

Related information

Downloads

Guidelines for using traffic warning devices - stock on road (231.1 KB PDF)

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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