The operation of heavy vehicles is strictly regulated because of their size and the potential to be dangerous for all road users.
There are steps involved to be legally operating a heavy vehicle in Western Australia.
1. Ensure drivers licence is the correct class (LR, MR, HR, HC or MC) (Department of Transport Licensing Services)
2. ABN registration to perform business
3. Update vehicle registration details with Department of Transport (Department of Transport's Owner-Drivers Guide)
4. Know the regulations governing the use of Restricted Access Vehicles (RAVs):
5. Ensure vehicle ratings are suitable, including but not limited to the following:
6. Obtain Heavy Vehicle Accreditation
7. Apply for a permit with Main Roads.
A vehicle is classed as a Restricted Access Vehicle (RAV) if that vehicle alone or together with any load, exceeds one or more of the following limits:
Any vehicle that is not a Restricted Access Vehicle (RAV), commonly known as "as of right". For example, rigid trucks and semi trailers.
These vehicles generally do not require any permits or exemptions from regulatory requirements.
General access vehicles may operate state-wide provided they are:
The regulation of heavy vehicles is based on the Road Traffic (Vehicles) Regulations 2014 (VSRs).
All vehicles must abide by regulation mass limits and regulation dimension limits. Vehicles outside these limits must be operated under a valid permit or notice, or in some instances of extra mass, be part of a concessional loading scheme.
To see what the typical regulation mass limits are for some common heavy vehicles, refer to Mass Limits of Typical Heavy Vehicles Poster - December 2012 (1 page PDF 3 MB).
Permits are required to operate certain types of Restricted Access Vehicles (RAVs) in WA and are an instrument issued by the Commissioner of Main Roads Western Australia to grant access to these vehicles to certain parts of the road network under specific operating conditions.
All RAVs require a permit, unless they are authorised under a class of notice issued by either the Commissioner of Main Roads or the Director General, Transport.
A Notice is a different type of administrative mechanism or instrument whereby the Commissioner of Main Roads Western Australia can grant Restricted Access Vehicles (RAVs) access, provided for by legislation.
Long vehicle and road train signs:
HVO Updates provide industry with notification of temporary or permanent changes to the road network, such as permit conditions, roadworks, changes in road conditions and emergency detours. It is the road user's responsibility to ensure awareness of any changes to the network via HVO Updates.
As a subscriber, an email is sent to you notifying you of changes to heavy vehicle pages on this website. You can subscribe to this system by using the online registration form.