FAQ

  1. Why is it important to read my permit?
  2. What are the regulation dimension limits?
  3. What are the regulation mass limits?
  4. What scales are used to weigh heavy vehicles and how can I purchase some?
  5. What powers do Transport Inspectors have?
  6. What parts of the State do Transport Inspectors patrol?
  7. What types of vehicles do Transport Inspectors inspect?
  8. I've been stopped by a Transport Inspector and given an intercept report. What does this mean?
  9. I’ve received an infringement notice in the mail, how do I pay/request extra time to pay? How do I appeal against the infringement notice?
  10. I'm interested in becoming a Transport Inspector, how do I go about applying for a position?

 

1. Why is it important to read my permit?

Most of the questions you have about operating a Restricted Access Vehicle can be answered by reading your permit and the relevant operating conditions. It is important to note that it is a requirement to carry the permit with you in the vehicle, and failure to do so may result in penalties being applied.

 

2. What are the regulation dimension limits?

Vehicles can be built to various dimensions, which is controlled by the:

Some of the more common dimensions are:

  • 4.3 m high for most vehicles;
  • 2.5 m wide for most vehicles; and
  • 12.5 m long for vehicles, except an articulated or controlled access bus.

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3. What are the regulation mass limits?

The axle mass limits for the most common axle groups are provided in the table below. For detailed information please refer to the Road Traffic (Vehicle Standards) Regulations 2002 (VSR).

 

Axles and Tyres
Maximum Axle Group Load

Euro 4 specifications

6.5 tonnes (refer to Department of Transport)

Single steer

Two (2) tyres

6 tonnes

Twin steer

Four (4) tyres

10 tonnes for non load sharing suspension

11 tonnes for load sharing suspension

Single axle

Four (4) tyres

9 tonnes

9 tonnes when fitted to a pig trailer

Tandem axle group

Single tyres (4)

14 tonnes (tyre section width >450 mm)

13.3 tonnes (tyre section width 375 mm)

11 tonnes (tyre section width

Tandem axle group

Dual tyres (8)

16.5 tonnes

16.5 tonnes when fitted to a pig trailer

Tri-axle group

Single tyres (6)

20 tonnes (tyre section width >375 mm)

18 tonnes fitted to a pig trailer (tyre section width >375 mm)

15 tonnes (tyre section width

Tri-axle group

Dual tyres (12)

20 tonnes

18 tonnes fitted to a pig trailer

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4. What scales are used to weigh heavy vehicles and how can I purchase some?

Main Roads use Haenni WL101 Load Scales. These scales can only be purchased new from Haenni Australia who are based in Queensland. If you require further information, please contact either Peter Lowe/Dave King on (07) 5564 5144 or alternatively you can e-mail them at HAENNI1@bigpond.com.

 

5. What powers do Transport Inspectors have?

Transport Inspectors have the same powers as Police Officers to stop a vehicle, request your name and address and to ensure compliance in accordance with the Vehicle Standards Regulations/Rules and Licensing Regulations. They can also take on road action to prevent the continuation of an offence against these regulations.

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6. What parts of the State do Transport Inspectors patrol?

Transport Inspectors conduct compliance patrols and roadblocks across the entire State of Western Australia (both metropolitan and regional areas).

 

7. What types of vehicles does Transport Inspector inspect?

Refer to the "What I can expect during a heavy vehicle inspection" brochure.

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8. I've been stopped by a Transport Inspector and given an intercept report. What does this mean?

Refer to the "What I can expect during a heavy vehicle inspection" brochure.

 

9. I’ve received an infringement notice in the mail.

How do I pay/request extra time to pay?

How do I appeal against the infringement notice?

Information about how and where to pay the infringement is stated on the infringement notice. If payment is not received within the specified time, a reminder notice will be sent (additional fees apply). If payment is still not received the matter will be referred to the Fines Enforcement Registry where negotiation of the payment may be discussed and/or requested (for more information contact the Fines Enforcement Registry). If you believe an infringement has been incorrectly issued, you must submit an appeal in writing to Main Roads Heavy Vehicle Operations Branch or, if you believe you are not guilty of the offence, you may elect for the matter to be heard before a Magistrate (this can be done by addressing such a request to the address listed on the back of the infringement notice before the due date of the infringement).

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10. I'm interested in becoming a Transport Inspector, how do I go about applying for a position?

Recruitment for Transport Inspectors occurs on an as required basis. Positions are advertised on this website, in the Saturday’s West Australian newspaper and on WA Government job's website. Successful applicants will either commence immediately or be placed in a ‘pool’ that can be drawn upon when a vacancy arises within twelve months. Transport Inspectors are then required to complete an intensive training program for the first six months of employment.

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Modified: 23 Mar 2016