Transport of livestock

The transport of livestock as defined under the Heavy Vehicle National Law (HVNL) may be undertaken using a range of heavy vehicles in South Australia. The following outlines the applicable vehicle combinations, exemptions issued under the HVNL and mass limits that apply.

Note: all notice exemptions listed below can are located on the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator's (NHVR) notices and permit based scheme website.

Transport at General Mass Limits (GML)

The transport of livestock at General Mass Limits is available to the following vehicle combinations using the exemptions below:

Vehicle Combination Applicable Exemption(s)
Prime mover and semi-trailer National Class 2 4.6 m High Livestock Carrier Authorisation Notice
B-Double National Class 2 B-Double Authorisation Notice
National Class 2 4.6 m High Livestock Carrier Authorisation Notice
Road Train National Class 2 Road Train Authorisation Notice
National Class 2 4.6 m High Livestock Carrier Authorisation Notice
AB-Triple Permit issued by the NHVR

Transport at Higher Mass Limits (HML)

The transport of livestock at Higher Mass Limits is available to the following vehicle combinations using the exemption below:

Vehicle Combination Applicable Exemption
Road Train Permit issued by the NHVR
AB-Triple Permit issued by the NHVR

Transport at Increased Mass (Volumetric Loading)

Volumetric (or Livestock) loading provides an additional mass exemption to allow livestock to be loaded volumetrically to increase productivity for transport operators and reduce the impacts on animals being transported.

Volumetric loading is only available to prime mover and semi-trailer combinations and B-Doubles under the South Australia Class 3 Articulated Motor Vehicle and B-Double Livestock Loading Mass Exemption Notice 2019 (SA Class 3 Livestock Loading Notice).

Note: Volumetric loading is not applicable to road trains including B-triples.

Minimum requirements for prime movers

The prime mover must comply with the minimum rated capacity as follows:

 Tonne (t)
Steer Axle 6.0
Tandem axle group (dual drive) 17.3
Gross Vehicle Mass - Prime mover 23.3
Gross Combination Mass - Prime mover towing single semi-trailer 48.3
Gross Combination Mass - Prime mover used in a B-double combination 73.3

Eligibility to operate

Eligible vehicles must abide by the South Australia Class 3 Articulated Motor Vehicle and B-Double Livestock Loading Mass Exemption Notice 2020 in all matters, including jurisdictional requirements.

Approved areas or routes

The South Australia Class 3 Articulated Motor Vehicle and B-Double Livestock Loading Mass Exemption Notice 2019 provides travel on the following roads:

Note: B-doubles up to 27.5m long are provided route-specific access to transport livestock between Western Australia and Dublin, north of Adelaide as per the SA Class 3 Livestock Loading Notice.

Animal welfare

During the transport of livestock, operators and drivers must ensure they meet the loading density requirements as detailed in the Animal Welfare Regulations 2012.

Recognition of other livestock loading schemes

Vehicles registered in another state or territory, and enrolled in the livestock loading scheme of that state or territory, are not required to be inspected in South Australia, however, they must comply with the South Australia Class 3 Livestock Loading Notice.

All vehicles must comply with the Livestock Loading scheme requirements in the jurisdiction of registration.

Labelling requirements

From 1 August 2020, the requirement for RAVs to undergo an annual inspection, or to be in the Maintenance Module of the National Heavy Vehicle Accreditation Scheme, is removed.  This also removes the need for an inspection label.

You still need to ensure any vehicle you operate is roadworthy.  Inspections are still required when a vehicle changes ownership.

This is consistent with the NHVR's National Notice harmonisation program, and is expected to create efficiencies for RAVs travelling across different states and territories.

More information on heavy vehicles is available at NHVR – National notices.

Long livestock trailers

Operators are able to apply for a Class 3 permit from the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator to operate long livestock trailers in South Australia. Conditions of operation include:

  • the semi-trailer may only be used in a combination consisting of a prime mover towing a semi-trailer
  • the semi-trailer must not have more than two decks
  • the semi-trailer must not carry cattle on more than one deck
  • the deck length available for the carriage of livestock must not exceed the total length of the semi-trailer.
  • the lower deck of the semi-trailer must be fully loaded before the upper deck is used.

A long livestock semi-trailer is a semi-trailer with a maximum length of 14.6 metres and a distance from the front articulation point to the rear of the semi-trailer that does not exceed 13.2 metres that is used for carrying livestock.


Related information

Downloads

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


Page last updated 28 July 2020

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