Road access and usage
Restrictions apply to the ways in which overdimension vehicles can access the road network, and also how the road network can be used for non-traffic activities.
Driving on the road network
To drive on the road network, vehicles need to be within certain weight and dimension limits. Vehicles outside these limits may require special permits, or must travel under conditions.
- Light vehicles and combinations: Gross Vehicle Mass (GVM) or Aggregate Trailer Mass (ATM) not exceeding 4.5 tonnes
- Heavy vehicles and combinations: GVM or an ATM of more than 4.5 tonnes.
Light vehicle exemptions
- Overdimension light vehicles
Light vehicles and light combinations that exceed the prescribed dimension limits can travel under the NSW Light Vehicle Agricultural and Load Exemption Ministerial Order 2015 if they meet the requirements of the Order. See Overdimension light vehicles for more information.
- Refrigerated light vehicles
An exemption order is in place to allow certain light refrigerated vehicles to be left with their engine running and the key in the ignition. See Refrigerated light vehicles for information.
Heavy vehicle access information
Heavy vehicle operations are regulated under the Heavy Vehicle National Law and National Regulations by the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR). The HVNL and Regulations took effect on 10 February 2014. To access the legislation as it applies in NSW go to the NSW Legislation website.
More information about heavy vehicle road access.
Using bridges and other structures for non-traffic activities
Roads and Maritime Services endeavours to support community access to bridges, roads and other structures, however there are conditions, and permission is required.
More information about using roads, bridges and other structures for non-traffic activities.