Operating a heavy vehicle

Special purpose vehicles

NHVR processing all heavy vehicle access permits from Monday 4 December 2017

The National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) and the Department of Planning Transport and Infrastructure (DPTI) have been working collaboratively for the return of heavy vehicle access permit processing to the NHVR.

A special purpose vehicle (SVP) 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 (eg 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 the two networks:

  • Three-axle Crane Network, as shown on the South Australian RAVnet Map System, for three-axle all terrain mobile cranes.
  • 40.0t Special Purpose Vehicle Network, as shown on the South Australian RAVnet Map System, for all other SPVs operating under the National SPV notice.

Note: SPV 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

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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