Operating a heavy vehicle

Multi-combination vehicles

Transitioned notices covering the operation of heavy vehicle access have been replaced and National and State notices made under the Heavy Vehicle National Law (HVNL) have been updated. A list of expiring notices and their replacement is available on the NHVR's Notice and permit-based schemes website.

Operators and drivers of multi-combination vehicles must comply with the specified notice(s) available from the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator's (NHVR) website.

Vehicle Combinations

B-Doubles

Expiring Notice Updated Notice
South Australia Class 3 Heavy Articulated Motor Vehicle and B-Double Livestock Loading Mass Exemption (Notice) 2014 (No.1) South Australia Class 3 Articulated Motor Vehicle and B-Double Livestock Loading Mass Exemption Notice 2019 (No.1)

Operation of 26m B-Double Vehicles

and

Operation of B-Double Vehicles up to 25m in length

National Class 2 B-Double Authorisation Notice 2019

Operation of B-Doubles to access Thomas Food International at Lobethal

Conditional B-Double access to Thomas Foods International at Lobethal is available to heavy vehicle operators with a permit issued by the NHVR. Operators must comply with a range of safety conditions that will remain in place until the Lobethal Freight Access Upgrade project is completed.

Rigid truck and dog trailers

Expiring Notice Updated Notice
Operation of Rigid Truck and Dog Trailer Combinations up to 23m in length South Australia Class 3 Heavy Vehicle 23m Truck and Dog Trailer Mass and Dimension Exemption Notice 2017
Transport of Stobie poles by SA power networks and contractors South Australia Class 3 Heavy Vehicle Truck and Dog (Stobie Pole) Dimension Exemption Notice 2019 (No.1)

Road trains

Expiring Notice Updated Notice
Operation of B-triple vehicles up to 35m in length

South Australia Schedule of the National Class 2 Heavy Vehicle Road Train Authorisation (Notice) 2015 (No. 1)

(Refer to the National Class 2 Heavy Vehicle Road Train Authorisation (Notice) 2015 Amendment Notice 2019 (No.1))

Operation of Road Train Vehicles in South Australia1

South Australia Class 3 (Application of Higher Mass Limits) Mass Exemption Notice 2019 (No.1)

South Australia Class 3 Road Train (Limited Routes) Dimension Exemption Notice 2019

National Class 2 Heavy Vehicle Road Train Authorisation (Notice) 2015 (No. 1)

National Class 2 Heavy Vehicle Road Train Authorisation (Notice) 2015 Amendment Notice 2019 (No.1)

National Class 3 Heavy Vehicle 4.6m High by Construction Semitrailer Dimension Exemption (Notice) 2014 (No. 1)

South Australia Class 3 Baled Commodity Exemption Notice 2019

South Australia class 2 heavy vehicle 25m to 30m road train authorisation notice 2017

National Class 2 Heavy Vehicle Road Train Authorisation (Notice) 2015 (No. 1)

National Class 2 Heavy Vehicle Road Train Authorisation (Notice) 2015 Amendment Notice 2019 (No.1)

Note:

  1. The original SA Road Train notice contained a variety of authorisations, exemptions and Higher Mass Limit declarations.  These cannot be combined under a single Heavy Vehicle National Law Notice therefore various components have been included among existing and amended notices.
  2. Rules relating to the speed limits applying to road trains are located in the Road Traffic (Road Rules - Ancillary and Miscellaneous Provisions) Regulations 2014.

AB-Triples

Operators with eligible AB-triple road trains are able to access approved routes using a permit issued by the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator - AB-Triple Road Train Fact Sheet  (899.6 KB PDF)

Converter Dolly

Expiring Notice Updated Notice
South Australia Class 3 Heavy Vehicle Converter Dolly Mass and Dimension Exemption (Notice) 2014 (No. 1) South Australia Class 3 Converter Dolly Mass and Dimension Exemption Notice 2019 (No.1)

Vehicle Carrier

Expiring Notice Updated Notice
South Australia Class 3 Heavy Vehicle 23 Metre Long Single Deck Vehicle Carrier Dimension Exemption (Notice) 2014 (No. 1) South Australia Class 3 23m Long Single Deck Vehicle Carrier Exemption Notice 2019 (No.1)

Conditions of Operation

Roadworthiness (and NHVAS Maintenance)

When referring to notices made by the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator under the Heavy Vehicle National Law, any heavy vehicle registered in South Australia must either:

  1. hold NHVAS maintenance management accreditation for the vehicle or
  2. display the appropriate inspection label as issued by the Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure which identifies the type of vehicle configuration and the inspection expiry date.

Heavy vehicles which are registered in another state or territory must comply with the roadworthiness requirements of that jurisdiction.

More information is available in the Information Bulletin - NHVAS Maintenance (215.9 KB PDF).

Medical certificates

The requirement to carry a medical certificate south of Port Augusta and medical certificate requirements have been removed from notices made under the Heavy Vehicle National Law (HVNL).

Medical examination requirements are administered under the Motor Vehicles Act 1959 and/or the Heavy Vehicle National Law as part the Heavy Vehicle Driver Fatigue legislation.

Assembly and disassembly

Heavy vehicles are not permitted to assemble or disassemble in parking bays or rest areas, including the side of the road. This activity must only be undertaken on private property.

Assembly and disassembly yards in South Australia are privately owned and access to these yards must be negotiated with the owners of the facility.


Related information

Downloads

On this site

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 13 June 2019

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Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure
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