Operating a heavy vehicle

Oversize and overmass vehicles

Pilot and Escorting Requirements

Escorting guidelines for oversize and overmass vehicles on roads (843.2 KB PDF) specifies the requirements for pilot vehicles and escorts.

Changes have been made to the Adelaide Metropolitan and SA Country Area escort charts for minimum requirements for oversize loads. An Information Bulletin titled Changes to SA Police and pilot escort requirements for oversize loads in South Australia (410.6 KB PDF) explains these changes and provides a copy of the updated charts.

Areas of the state where additional escorts are required

Additional police escorts may be required in areas to ensure the safe movement of oversize loads. Outlined below are known areas, but not limited to the following:

  • Lonsdale to north of the Adelaide Metropolitan Area
  • Marion Road / Sir Donald Bradman Road
  • East of Truro through to Accommodation Hill
  • Corner of Ryan Avenue and Gorge Road, Athelstone to Chain of Ponds
  • Victor Harbor Road, Mount Compass to intersection Victor Harbor Road / Welch Road, Hindmarsh Valley


Operators and drivers of heavy vehicles may be required to carry the applicable Gazette Notice in their vehicle when operating on South Australian roads. Heavy Vehicle notices are published on the relevant NHVR's notices page.

If your operating requirements cannot be met by a Gazette Notice, you will need to apply to the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) for an oversize and overmass heavy vehicle permit.

Vehicle Type Notice Title Supporting Documentation

National Class 2 Heavy Vehicle 4.6 metre High Livestock Carrier Authorisation (Notice) 2014 (No. 1)

South Australia Consolidated National Heavy Vehicle Mass and Dimension Exemption (Notice) 2014 (No. 1)

Refer to Schedule 2 South Australia Class 3 Heavy Vehicle Articulated Motor Vehicle and B-Double Livestock Loading and Mass Exemption (Notice) 2014 (No. 1)

Adelaide Hills Area (249.2 KB PDF)

Adelaide Area (Metropolitan) Livestock Map (154.0 KB PDF)

MR1534 - Fact Sheet - Livestock loading - Operation under the Heavy Vehicle National Law (637.5 KB PDF)

Contact National Heavy Vehicle Regulator



Phone - 1300 MYNHVR (1300 696 487)
Fax - (07) 3309 8777


PO Box 492
Fortitude Valley QLD 4006

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