Operating a heavy vehicle

Special purpose 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.

A special purpose vehicle (SPV) is a vehicle built for a purpose other than carrying goods, such as a mobile crane, concrete pump, drill rig, etc. An SPV exceeds one or more of the general mass and dimension limits set out in the Heavy Vehicle Mass, Dimension and Loading National Regulation, and is a Class 1 heavy vehicle.

The National Class 1 Special Purpose Vehicle Notice authorises the use of Class 1 Special Purpose Vehicles up to 40 tonnes on published networks in participating jurisdictions. Examples of vehicles operating under this notice include mobile cranes (e.g. two-axle pick and carry cranes, two- and three-axle all terrain mobile cranes, three- and four-axle truck cranes) and mobile concrete pumps.

In South Australia, SPVs that meet the relevant mass and dimension requirements set out in the Notice and the South Australian schedule will operate on one of two networks on the South Auistralian RAVnet Map System:

  • Three-axle Crane Network, for three-axle all terrain mobile cranes.
  • 40.0t Special Purpose Vehicle Network, for all other SPVs operating under the National SPV notice.

Note: operators of SPVs that are not eligible to operate under the National Special Purpose Vehicle Notice will need to apply to the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) for a permit.

Mobile cranes

Mobile cranes that are not covered by the National Class 1 Special Purpose Vehicle Notice operate under an access permit and travel on one of the following networks as shown on RAVnet Map System:

  • Four-axle crane network
  • Five-axle crane network (Level One and Level Two)
  • Six-axle crane network - day travel

Notices

Expiring NoticeUpdated Notice

Operation of Motor Graders towing 2 trailers up to a maximum length of 26 metres in road construction and or road maintenance

and

Operation of Motor Graders towing multiple trailers up to maximum length of 42 metres for construction and/or maintenance of roads in remote areas

and

Exemption for road maintenance and construction equipment to exceed mass and dimension limits

South Australia Class 1 Road Grader and Trailer Exemption Notice 2019 (No.1)

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 11 February 2019

Provided by:
Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure
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11/02/19
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