Register special purpose vehicles

If your heavy vehicle is oversize or overmass, you must register it as a special purpose vehicle (SPV).

This includes vehicles under the three categories below:

  • plant special vehicle - includes bulldozers, backhoes, graders and front-end loaders used for:
    • off-road use
    • use on a road related area
    • use on an area that is under construction or repair.
  • truck special vehicle - includes mobile cranes, truck mounted concrete pumpers and boring plants that are:
    • built or modified for use on roads
    • have no axle group loaded more than the mass limits.
  • overmass special vehicle - includes mobile cranes, truck mounted concrete pumpers and boring plants that are:
    • built or modified for use on roads
    • have at least one axle or axle group loaded more than the limits.

What's not included

The following vehicles can't be considered special purpose vehicles:

  • police vans
  • caravan, mobile home, converted bus as mobile home, mobile laboratory
  • desludger, eductor, water tanker or sprayer, bitumen tanker or sprayer, sludge or septic tanker, garbage compactor
  • mobile billboard, display bus, mobile library, mobile workshop, mobile kitchen and workshop
  • pole erectors with provision for carrying poles
  • tow trucks - including trucks with retractable trays
  • concrete mixer and agitator
  • prime mover used to tow or power circus or entertainment equipment
  • general access vehicles fitted with equipment to lift loads on and off.

Before you apply

You must make sure you:

How to apply

Apply when you register your heavy vehicle and pay a fee based on what type of SPV you have.


Last updated: 21 January 2021

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