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 expired notices and their replacement is available on the NHVR website.

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

Vehicle combinations

B-doubles

Expired notice Replacement 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

Operation of 26m B-double Vehicles

and

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

National Class 2 B-double Authorisation Notice

Rigid truck and dog trailers

Expired notice Replacement 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 
Transport of Stobie poles by SA power networks and contractors South Australia Class 3 Heavy Vehicle Truck and Dog (Stobie Pole) Dimension Exemption Notice 

Medium articulated vehicles towing vehicles

For vehicle specifications, operating conditions and approved routes or areas please refer to the Information Bulletin - Medium Articulated Vehicle with Trailer (609.5 KB PDF).

Road trains

Expired notice Replacement notice
Operation of B-triple vehicles up to 35m in length

National Class 2 Road Train Authorisation Notice

Operation of Road Train Vehicles in South Australia1

South Australia Class 3 (Application of Higher Mass Limits) Mass Exemption Notice

South Australia Class 3 Road Train (North of Port Augusta) Dimension Exemption Notice

South Australia Class 3 Baled Commodity Exemption Notice

National Class 2 Road Train Authorisation

National Class 3 Drought Assistance Dimension Exemption Notice

National Class 3 Heavy Vehicle 4.6m High by Construction Semitrailer Dimension Exemption Notice

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

National Class 2 Road Train Authorisation

Note:

  1. The original SA Road Train notices contained a variety of authorisations, exemptions and Higher Mass Limit declarations which cannot be combined under a single Heavy Vehicle National Law Notice. The provisions of the old State Notices have been incorporated into these replacement Notices.
  2. Rules relating to the speed limits applying to road trains can be found in the Road Traffic (Road Rules - Ancillary and Miscellaneous Provisions) Regulations 2014.

Converter dolly

Expired noticeReplacement 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 

Vehicle carrier

Expired notice Replacement 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 

Conditions of operation

Roadworthiness

Since 1 August 2020, the requirement for Restricted Access Vehicles to undergo an annual inspection, or to be in the Maintenance Module of the National Heavy Vehicle Accreditation Scheme, no longer applies. Inspection labels are also no longer required. Refer to the Heavy Vehicles Inspection page for further details.

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

Medical certificates

There is no longer a requirement for every driver of a B-double or road train operating south of Port Augusta to carry a current medical certificate.

While drivers of heavy vehicles in South Australia are not all required to carry a current medical certificate, a current medical certificate may still be required under the following circumstances:

  • to meet the requirements of the NHVAS Fatigue Management module, or
  • to meet the requirements of their driver's licence as administered under the Motor Vehicles Act 1959.

Warning signs for combinations longer than 22 m

Warning signs for heavy vehicle is defined under schedule 3, part 3 of the Heavy Vehicle (Vehicle Standards) National Regulation.

Clarification as to the signage requirements for vehicle combinations longer than 22 m can be found in the NHVR's Vehicle Standards Guide 19 - Vehicle warning signs.

The requirements outlined below have applied since 10 December 2019:
Vehicle lengthWarning sign
22 - 30 m long Long vehicle
Over 30 m long Road train

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

Documents

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 7 June 2022

Provided by:
Department for Infrastructure and Transport
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Last Updated:
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