Special Purpose Vehicles


Special Purpose Vehicles (SPV's) Overview

A "Special Purpose Vehicle" means a motor vehicle, other than a tow truck or an agricultural vehicle, built for a purpose other than carrying a load, except for water in the case of concrete pumps and fire trucks, as defined in the Road Traffic (Vehicle) Regulations 2014 .

Conditions & Access Restrictions


Changes to SPV Licensing Process 

As part of the continued effort to reduce "red tape" for the transport industry, Main Roads and the Department of Transport (DoT) have undertaken a review of the SPV licensing and permit application process.

As a result, effective as of 1 February 2016 check weighs will no longer be required when applying for an SPV licence or permit unless requested by Main Roads or the Department of Transport.

Operators will be required to determine the weight of their own vehicle, using any accurate methods available.

 For further information, please view HVO Update 9-2016


SPV Licensing - For vehicles which exceed a statutory mass limit

Process For Single Axle SPV Motor Vehicles and Cranes (excluding truck
mounted SPV's and plant trailers)


Process for Truck Mounted SPV’s, Plant Trailers and 3 Axle Graders which exceed a statutory mass limit


In-Principle Approval Application for SPVs

This form is for applicants seeking in-principle support from the Department of Transport and Main Roads Western Australia to assist with the import of a Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV).

In-Principle Approval Application for Special Purpose Vehicles


Permit Application Process

Motor Vehicle SPV Permit Process
  • Ensure that your SPV is licensed or you have obtained a DOT exceeding 48Hr permit (copy to be submitted with permit application).
  • Ensure that a Restricted Access Vehicle Operator Registration Form has been completed and submitted to Main Roads Heavy Vehicle Services.
  • Ensure that a Application to list or Update Motor Vehicle Special Purpose Vehicles  has been completed for the vehicle in question and submitted to Main Roads Heavy Vehicle Services
  • For Period Permits or a Single Trip Permit complete the  Application for Special Purpose Vehicle  and return to Main Roads Heavy Vehicle Services for assessment.
    •  Vehicles that meet the requirements within the SPV State Wide parameters table may be eligible for a State Wide access period permit which may include bridge and Shire restrictions. State Wide access period permits can be issued for 1 year at a cost of $25 or for 3 years at a cost of $50. Please indicate on the application form if you are applying for State Wide access and the duration the permit is required.
    • Vehicles which do not meet the parameters as specified in the table, must nominate the regions / shires required for operation. These permits are issued for 1 year only, at a cost of $25, and may be subject to bridge and Shire restrictions. This process can take up to 4 weeks to complete.


Combination SPV Permit Application Process

    • For period permits please nominate the regions / shires required for operation. These permits are issued for 1 year only at a cost of $25. This process can take up to 4 weeks to complete.
    • Single trip permits costs $25, are route specific and must only be used for a single journey within a 1 month period.


Road Crossing Permit Application Process

Permits for a Straight Line Road Crossing can be requested by submitting a Straight Line Road Permit Application form.  The application must be submitted along with a Traffic Guidance Scheme and a written letter of approval if crossing a Local Government controlled road.  Approval is subject to the road crossing being assessed as safe and suitable and can take up to 4 weeks to complete.  


HVS Product and Service Payment Process


Useful Links

Bridge Video Supervision information can be found here


Contact Details

Phone: 138 486
Fax: (08) 9475 8455 or
Email: hvospv@mainroads.wa.gov.au

Address: 525 Great Eastern Highway, Redcliffe 6104

Modified: 05 Jun 2020