Post hole digger (tracked)

Find out about conditional registration, acceptable uses and equipment requirements for post hole diggers.

Examples of pile-drivers

Conditional registration for post hole diggers

Post hole diggers need to be conditionally registered to be used on public roads and road-related areas.

Conditional registration gives you limited road access to perform specific functions.

You cannot get conditional registration if a vehicle that complies with the construction and equipment requirements of the Australian Design Rules can be used to perform the same function.

See information about vehicle standards to see what standards apply.

You need a Car (Class C) licence to drive a post hole digger.

Find out how to apply for conditional registration for a post hole digger.

Oversize vehicle operators

Vehicles that go beyond the dimension and weight limits must comply with the conditions of the relevant access notice or permit. To find out the conditions for:

  • NSW permits – contact Special Permits Unit on 1300 656 371
  • interstate permits – contact National Heavy Vehicle Regulator on 1300 696 487.

Conditions of use

The following minimum conditions apply to conditional registration.

Daylight / floodlit worksite use onlyTD1
Flashing amber beacon required and used when vehicle movingSL1
Vehicle to be floated from site to site (except that it can operate in areas designated in LO5)LO99
Used only within a defined are or construction zoneLO5
Steering failure warning device / sign requiredSL99

Equipment requirements

To receive conditional registration you must ensure that the following equipment requirements are met.

EquipmentDaylight/floodlit use
Amber rotating beaconYes
Brake and turn lightsNo
Headlights, tail, number plate and clearance lightsNo
Rear reflectors or reflective tapeYes
Side reflective tapeYes
Rear vision mirror (fitted on left hand side)No


All lighting must be fitted as near as possible to the position specified in Schedule 2 of:

Transport for NSW office use

Code TypeCode
Vehicle shapeRWP
Compulsory Third Party insurance classConditional registration - PLNT
Unregistered Vehicle Permit - UPLN
Registration usageNot applicable
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